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Make the most of your professional friendships

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Speaker 1 (00:03):
Welcome to Before Breakfast, a production of iHeartRadio. Good Morning,
This is Laura. Welcome to the Before Breakfast podcast. Today's
tip is to celebrate your work best friends. Don't take
it for granted that you have colleagues who are also

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real friends. Make a point of acknowledging and enjoying these relationships.
So maybe you have heard about research on the benefits
of work friendships. Gallup's employee engagement surveys regularly find that
having a work best friend is highly correlated with engagement.

(00:47):
According to an article from Gallup by Alec Patel and
Stephanie Plowman, employees who have a best friend at work
are significantly more likely to engage customers and internal partners,
get more done in less time, innovate and share ideas,
and have fun while at work. That all sounds pretty
good to me. And while the idea of a work

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best friend or BFF might sound a little like the
middle school cafeteria, a really good friend is someone you
would willingly spend time with at nights and on weekends.
The fact that you get to spend time with that
person during the work day is like a life bonus
all around. So if you do have a work best

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friend or friends, acknowledge how awesome that is. You are lucky.
And then, because I firmly believe that people can help
their own luck along, you can double down on this
by making that relationship a priority. After all, if your
work best friend makes you more productive, then time you

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spend with this person benefits your employer well. So try
to schedule time where you regularly get together. Can you
do a weekly lunch date. You could pack lunches and
meet in the break room, or if you're both remote,
you could have a virtual lunch over zoom. If you

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tend to work the same hours in the same place,
then make a habit of walking to the subway station
or the parking lot together every night. This has the
added benefit of making sure you guys hold each other
accountable for leaving at the end hour you intend. When
your work best friend stops by your desk to say hello,

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make time to chat. Very few things can't wait for
at least a few minutes. Also, be ready to support
your work best friend in her professional efforts. If she
wants extra eyes on an email about a difficult situation,
offer feedback if you can. If she wants to talk

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through an upcoming meeting she's leading. Be her sounding board.
Be the first to chime in with cheers after she
has rocked a presentation. With your words, actions, even facial expressions,
let her know that there is someone in her corner
rooting for her. And if you are considering a job

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at another company, don't forget about your work best friend.
Leaving behind your work best friend is a real consideration.
Sure you can get together outside of work, but for
busy people that is going to be challenging. A new
job needs to be really great to compensate for leaving

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a work best friend behind. Or hey, maybe she wants
to come work at the new place too, if they're
doing a lot of hiring. In any case, work friendships
are important, so celebrate them and make time for them.
You and your employer will likely win as a result.

(04:06):
If you have a work best friend, I would love
to hear more about your friendship. You can reach me
at Laura at Laura vandercam dot com. In the meantime,
this is Laura. Thanks for listening and here's to making
the most of our time. Thanks for listening to before breakfast.

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If you've got questions, ideas, or feedback, you can reach
me at Laura at Laura vandercam dot com. Before Breakfast
is a production of iHeartMedia. For more podcasts from iHeartMedia,
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