Do you have a best friend at work? People who make connections in the workplace and feel as though they have social support often rate being more satisfied with their overall work experience, regardless of how much they enjoy their job responsibilities.
Sometimes the people we connect with in the workplace have little in common with us other than the shared work experience, and that is ok! Benefits of having a best bud or two at work include having someone to share your personal stories with, knowing there is someone to eat lunch with or take a midday walk. It is important that your friendship doesn’t interfere with your working relationship or cloud judgement on work-related decision making though.
It is up to you to determine how close you want to become with your colleagues but taking that extra step in asking where someone is from, how their weekend was, or what their dreams in life are can turn water-cooler talk into lasting friendships.