I used to wonder how people made friends in the real world. Turns out, you make them the same way you do in college — by proximity.
You spend 40+ hours a week with your coworkers. How can you spend that much time with people and not get close? It would be weird if you didn’t develop friendships and relationships with them! I think that’s why I’m never surprised when it comes out that two coworkers are dating or that people hang out outside of the office on a regular basis.
You share funny pictures. You start fake twitter accounts. You commiserate about your mutual hangovers the morning after. You forward around funny emails. You give each other a hard time. And they become what you look forward to most coming into work the next day.
Yet, becoming close with coworkers comes with challenges. If you need to leave your job, it becomes much harder because it can potentially affect people on a more personal level. And if something happens within the organization that affects one of your coworkers, as friends, you take it personally. You never want to see your friends struggle or leave. But you also want the best for them. It’s hard.
I absolutely adore the people I work with — more than any other job I’ve ever had. They were my social life before I moved into the city and continue to be my favorite people to drink with, even if we always end up complaining about the same things. Regardless of what any of us do in the coming months, I hope they stay my friends.
Except for that one guy that unfriended me on Facebook after leaving the organization. Screw that guy.
Are you friends with your coworkers?