I’ve been working in the corporate world for a longgggg time. But no, I won’t say how many years bc then you could possibly figure out around how old I am. 😁
And one thing I’ve learned is that you NEED an office bestie just to survive. Your mental health requires it. This bestie could become the only thing you look forward to at the office and everyone needs that one thing. Otherwise, it can become a miserable existence there and that’s a LOT of your life you are spending miserable. Life’s way too short for that.
This bestie will be important to vent to, to ask advice from, to make you laugh, to goof off with, to keep company while eating or breaking, etc. Basically, you won’t feel alone there bc of this person.
But while your office bestie can help you survive the daily grind, they can simultaneously have a crippling effect on your career goals. So you must be very careful who you choose for this. Some things to look out for:
1) That they are trustworthy. They hear all your venting, which isn’t anyone’s best moment. If they share any of that with others at work, you are in jeopardy of being seriously misconstrued and targeted as a squeaky wheel.
2) That they don’t have a tarnished reputation at work already. Bc you’ll be lumped in with them by the office gossips, and guilty by association doesn’t work out very well at the office.
3) That they aren’t a higher position than you. Even a well-deserved promotion will be disputed by your peers when they know you have a friendship with a higher-up. And their cooperation going forward will be much harder to come by.
4) Marital Status. Here’s the thing, if you and your office bestie are the opposite sex, regardless of whether or not there is any intimacy after-hours, the office gossips WILL loudly proclaim that you two are most definitely an item. Are you willing to accept such gossip? If the both of you are single, then the gossip might not be a big deal. But if either of you – or both – are married, then this gossip can be devastating and you would probably be better off choosing a different office bestie.
And there’s probably a few more tips for this I could share with you. But those are the top 4 for sure. I’ll share more as I wordsmith them better…
If you’ve made it this far… which “The Office” character would you like to be work besties with? Lol, I pick Angela.