The workplace is the arena where you spend most part of your active life. For a working class woman like me, it is essential to have an environment conducive for constructive functioning at the workplace. As an auditor my job demands clarity of mind and errors are completely unacceptable. It is thus also important for me to have a group of co-workers who are ready to co-operate with me at all times. There are a few tricks which I have learned over the year as professional regarding workplace co-worker relationships, which I believe can be helpful to all of you.
The first and foremost thing is to differentiate between a friendship at work and outside work. You are free to share even the most revered secrets of your life with your best friends outside work but at the workplace it is not the wisest thing to do because of the inevitable peer competition. Your secrets and weaknesses are the strengths of your peers.
The next best thing to do is being involved in brainstorming sessions as much as you can. If you can afford the time without compromising your own duties, then you are free to help others. This habit helped me develop many long-lasting friendships at work and also made me a better human being. You can also develop trust and portray yourself as a leader in the workplace by making yourself available at the hour of need.
Another important thing is to keep your individual projects and ideas to yourself. They are the keys to your higher career trajectory and hence, you would never want other, even your competing friends to use them as a ladder to climb above you. You can always help others but maintaining a healthy competition is the key.
All in all, the most important balance that is relevant for every workplace friendship between peers is that a balance between healthy competition and constructive cooperation be struck. Cooperation develops trust among co-workers and helps everybody, even the enterprise to grow, but too much cooperation can interfere with your personal goals. These are some of the tips for healthy friendship at the workplace.