The 7 Rules for Navigating Office Friendships

Have Work Friends, But Be Smart About It

Everything -- Including Work Friendships -- In Moderation

Some people say you shouldn’t be friends with anyone at work. Others say being extremely close with coworkers is necessary because it increases employee satisfaction and productivity. But why can’t there be a middle ground?

When you spend 40+ hours a week with the same people over the course of several years, chances are you’re going to bond with a few of them. And that’s a good thing in our book – in moderation. Let’s face it, the American workplace is a competitive environment and that can be toxic for friendships. You’re there to work, but many people are often gregarious by nature. So what’s the solution?

It’s great to have friendships at work, but be realistic and exercise some common sense. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.