It’s harder to make friends as we get older. We all remember the times in our early 20s when friendships were easier to make and more prevalent. Each year after college, we naturally make fewer friends. The relationships that we already have often deepen and grow more established, but we have a harder time finding new connections. There are fewer social constructs within which to make friends, and often times, work is the main place where new friends can be found in our 30s and 40s. Work relationships can enrich our lives, but sometimes it’s hard to crack the code. At TrueNorth, our attention to designing ergonomic office furniture is similar to our attention to building healthy relationships in all aspects of life. Here are 5 Steps To Making Friends at the Office:
It’s not that making friends at work is hard, but it’s sometimes challenging to bridge the gap between the office walls and the world outside. For many Americans, work life is viewed as something separate from “real” life. They categorize relationships into professional and personal ones, and ensure that they don’t cross lines. For the most part, boundaries are good; however, it is possible to make healthy, life-giving friendships while working at your standing desk.
Take the time to listen to your new co-workers. This will give you a good idea of what they are looking for in terms of a relationship. Do they strictly only talk about work-related topics, or do they sometimes ask about the weekend or after work plans? Invest in people who want to return the favor. Don’t waste your time trying to crack into a friendship that only seems one-sided. Our ergonomic office furniture is designed to accommodate collaborative environments. As you work with your peers, listen to what they aren’t saying.
Friends at work know two sides to your life. They know your persona outside of the office, and they know your reputation within corporate walls. Make sure that you are reliable in and out of work. Your friendships are going to be more valuable if your peers can trust you to be at your standing desk on Monday, ready to put your best foot forward.
Nobody likes a flake. It’s important to be your true self, independent and autonomous. Self-driven and motivated people are going to be respected both in and out of the office. At TrueNorth, we’ve designed a line of adjustable height desks that allow individuals to choose their working posture for themselves. This kind of individuality and decision-making is going to help you attract friends in the office.
Find things to do with your co-workers outside of the office. Organize a Friday Happy Hour, or invite coworkers to a weekend charity fundraiser. Life doesn’t exist for people solely behind their sit to stand desk. Find ways to engage in these relationships outside of work.
Avoid being overly involved in anyone’s business; nobody likes a busy body. However, it’s OK to find appropriate times to share advice and offer support. If you are the lone ergonomic workspace proponent in the office, let people know why they should join the movement. Standing desks offer users a healthier lifestyle, and it’s OK to share that with your peers!
At TrueNorth, we have created a line of standing desks that allow users to choose between sitting and standing positions. Our team of customer service representatives is available to help you determine which of our standing desks is best suited for you and your office. Contact us today to learn more about our ergonomic office furniture and to get started on your order.