Work is where we spend the majority of our time, so it’s no surprise the people who sit a few desks over can quickly become some of your closest friends.You see them every day, you spend time collaborating or sharing lunch with them along with growing your career and life with them.
No matter what type of messaging chat your company has, you and your best are beyond thankful to have a more private way of communicating. If anyone asks it’s for professional reasons, of course. Unofficially though, it’s probably a good thing no one routinely reads your discussions. When you become friends with your co-workers, its pretty much an unspoken rule that you will be chatting periodically about everything from last night’s bad date to why on God’s green earth does there have there been so many phone calls today.
Fits of laughter and bad timing
It’s your month end meetin and you look over and burst into laughter over something.. someone did.. that really isn’t funny…and this happens, well… on a monthly basis. Because you have tons of inside jokes (see chat point from above) and because you spend more time with them then your family, you understand each other on a very real level. Depending on how long you’ve worked together, this might occur without any verbal communication whatsoever. I’ve had this happen, it’s lovely.
You know each others secrets
At some point, office talk ends and you talk about your lives together. When you coworker shows up hungover, you know exactly why. When your coworker has a mysterious significant other around, you already know who the person is and how they met. When your work BFF looks exhausted or sad, you’ve probably shared what is happening with each other the night before, or you were there aiding in the sleepless night. At some point in your work relationship, you found a common bond that allowed you two to share information about your lives.
…and coffee order
This means we’re going past like and into love territory. The day a co-worker or boss brings in your favorite drink along with those McDonald’s hash-browns you love, you know you can never work anywhere else.
Lean on me
It can get kind of tricky keeping your personal life completely out of your work life (if for some reason someone is amazing at this, please tell me your secrets in the comments section) but when you work with cool people they help you keep it together when those pesky personal life issues leak their way into work life. Without even trying your friends keep you focused when the furthest thing in your mind is work, and the best coworkers have a knack of offering unsolicited advice that is both funny and helpful.
Good days and bad
Everyone has a bad day at work every now and then. The people who sit next to you can very easily pick up on your everyday habits and mood fluctuations. That’s why, when you have a particularly bad day, it’s easy for your coworkers to tell something is off. They’re also the ones most likely to pick you up and help shake you from whatever might be bothering you. Sometimes you need a vent session in the kitchen or a good cry in the chart room.
Time flies when you’re having fun
When you least expect it, you find yourself laughing with your coworkers. They seem to find ways to entertain you until you realize half of your day is gone. Without them, how could work ever be so enjoyable? They are the reason you realize you love your job, and you love to spend every day with them.
Cover my back and help each other
Like when you left early because you honestly could not handle one more minute of (insert mind numbing task here) or when they totally fucked up that really important thing for your boss and you had the decency not to throw them under the bus to make yourself look better. In the dog eat dog world of professional careers, it’s always nice to know that you have people looking out for you and vice versa. Plus it’s nice to have someone to help you whenever you need it. Friday at 4:45 is a bad time to file but if you have a friend to join you for a little gossip session, the task is done in no time.
Everyone in the office knows your friends
You end up getting so incredibly close to them, seeing as you spend day-in-and-day-out together, that you inevitably know every single thing about their lives. Usually more than you need and want to know. They support your goals and dreams and terrible ideas. They always seem to have what you need, be it a feminine product, medicine, a no-judgment zone when you need to cry about your ex during the work day… again.