Should You Have Close Friends at Work?

Wow, that’s the million-dollar question. For happiness and fulfillment in life, we all need friends. Friends on the job make the workday much more pleasant. In fact, friends (the flesh-and-blood ones you’ve actually met and often see, not the social media ones) are one of the greatest joys in life. But what’s your definition of a real friend? Most people feel it’s someone you can share your innermost thoughts and dreams with. It’s someone who is there for you no matter what. It’s someone who has your best interests at heart.

Now think of the people you work with. Do you think it’s safe to share your innermost thoughts and dreams with them? Do you think many of them would be there for you no matter what? ...

Get How to Talk to Anyone at Work: 72 Little Tricks for Big Success in Business Relationships now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.