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Why You Need A Work Buddy

While it's good to have regular friends, everyone needs a best friend. You know, that person you can go to whenever you need help, a confidence boost, or just a laugh. The same concept applies to the workplace. While it's great to have trusted colleagues, it's especially nice to have one person in particular to confide in --- a work buddy.


How To Make Friends At Work

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Sometimes if you're new with a company you'll be assigned a work buddy to familiarize yourself with the job and work environment.

There's nothing wrong with this. It could be that your supervisor has a particular person they want you paired with based on job responsibilities.

If you're assigned a work buddy, that's one less thing that you have to worry about. But if you're not assigned a buddy, look at it as an opportunity.

Some of the best friendships are the ones that are formed organically. Be open to getting to know all your co-workers. Be friendly. Ask questions about their jobs and lives. Try to make a connection.

The Benefits Of Having A Work Buddy

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Having a work buddy is a great way to get incorporated into the company culture and quickly fit in with other co-workers.

An office buddy not only has knowledge about job requirements and expectations, but he or she can also provide information about the work styles and personalities of co-workers, and give a rundown of any office politics.

Beyond the office landscape, having a workplace buddy helps to improve confidence. It's nice to have someone who can share advice and make you laugh.

All jobs can be stressful at times, so being able to face work challenges with the help of a buddy reduces stress.

How To Build A Bond With Your Work Buddy

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When it comes to building a relationship with your colleagues, it shouldn't always be about work.

Check in with your buddy from time to time about how things are going in their lives. Grab lunch, attend happy hour, or plan some other fun activity once a month.

Trust goes beyond the workplace, so it's important to work on the relationship like any other friendship.

Strengthening the friendship is also beneficial if you ever reach a point where you are no longer co-workers. You may want to keep this person as a personal friend or use them as a professional reference in the future.

This were those bonds formed at the workplace really come in handy.

Be Proactive About Fitting In At Work

Many companies have incorporating the buddy system into their onboading process as a way to be more efficient in getting new employees familiar with the company.

If your company doesn't have such a system, be proactive about finding a buddy and making efforts to fit in with co-workers.

Fitting into the company's culture can be just as important as learning job responsibilities.

In this week's edition of Well,This Happened, the series that lets you become a career coach, we addressed James' tough situation.

James was caught off guard during a department heads meeting when he was asked to present. He wasn't prepared but did so anyway and bombed the presentation because of this. James is now wondering what he should do to address this situation.

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