Monday, July 13, 2015

Making friends in the office

I've heard lots of debate from both friends and clients on the topic of making friends at the office. What are the benefits or detractors of keeping your work and professional lives separate? It is true there are a lot of things to consider. Think about the following:

  • How much do you have in common with your co-worker outside of work?
  • What do you really like about that co-worker that would make you want to become their friend?
  • How confidential are your responsibilities in the office?
  • How often do you drink with your friends?
  • Where do you draw the line between sharing with a friend and sharing with a co-worker?
  • What are the pluses and minuses of venting about work to a co-worker over drinks?
  • What are your short and long term career goals?
  • How do you want to be perceived by others in the office?
  • How do you want to be perceived by your friends?
  • What do you like to do with your friends? Colleagues? 
  • How important is a separation between your work and downtime?
  • If you were to quit tomorrow, would the co-worker you consider as a friend continue to be your friend?
The reality in the fashion business is that it is almost impossible to completely separate your professional and home life. With casual, creative environments, client or vendor dinners,  and late nights, you will find yourself in social settings with your co-workers. It is only natural to start creating bonds. As you start to develop these relationships, keep in mind the answers to your questions above. Be selective and make sure you are making friends at work for the right reasons.

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