Your Boss Is Not Wrong; You Need Friends At Work

Friends at work: Good or bad for business?

Luay Rahil
All Things Work

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Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

I graduated from college in December 2006 and started working as a health inspector a month later.

I vividly remember my first day. I left home an hour early to ensure I'd arrive on time.

Only two employees, Cornell and Bob, were there when I got to the office. Cornell sensed my nervousness because he handed me a coffee pot and asked me to make coffee to break the ice. Although his approach wasn't friendly at first, I now realize that Cornell is one of the best people in the world.

I poured their coffee, and they poured their life experience into my cup.

While in that job, I made many friends who were still close to me.

Cornell loved coffee, and I appreciated the wisdom of older employees who could mentor me. Cornell and Bob shared their professional and life experiences as I made coffee. Their friendship meant I could focus on doing great work without worrying about anyone in the office who didn't want me to succeed. I extended the same friendly approach to meeting everyone in the office.

Now, I am surrounded by a supportive group of people who want me to succeed, and I have become a…

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Luay Rahil
All Things Work

I write engaging content on business and leadership development.