It's hard to be the new kid on the block, where everyone else has known each other for years. It can be even harder on the job, when everyone is also busy working, trying to impress the boss, or even competing for the same promotion.
Don't let any of that stop you from trying to develop workplace friendships. Working is a lot more fun — and productive — if you're doing it with friends. In fact, many companies are learning to encourage team camaraderie, because it leads to greater employee engagement and commitment to quality.
Here are some tips for getting to know your colleagues.
Say hello to everyone.
It only takes a second to smile and say hi whenever you pass someone in the hall. You never know, that person could be a great future friend.
Share break time.
Sit down with team members in the break room, or invite them out to lunch. When you're more relaxed and away from workstations, it's the ideal time to learn about each other on a personal level or...