How to Make Friends in the Workplace

Starting a new job can trigger all sorts of anxiety, especially when you don’t know anyone in the office. At Sparta Consulting Group we practice many team building activities to ensure that our employees can relate on a more personal level and build lasting professional relationships. Below are a few tips to ensure that you are able to step out of your comfort zone and get to know the people you share your career with.

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1) Take Advantage of Social Opportunities

At Sparta Consulting Group we do team nights once a week. These team nights allow us to not only unwind from the work day and reflect on weekly goals but to get to know each other on a more personal level. Our teams nights range from laser tag to wine dinners, but the consistent factor is that we always interact with one another in a fun environment. We encourage our employees to invite their significant others and children so that we all can learn a little more about one another. The more you show up and make an effort to meet and interact with your colleagues, the stronger your friendships will become.

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2) Join Cross-Departmental Activities

Expand your circle of friends at work by going outside the confines of your department to give yourself the opportunity to meet the employees from other areas of the workplace. If you work in the Sales department, step out of your comfort zone to talk to colleges in other areas. The HR department is an essential tool in all areas of the office, especially when it comes to building relationships with your coworkers. Stay on top of emails from your HR department and any activities they may plan. If a chance comes up to join a similar cross-departmental team at your company, do it. The more you step out of your comfort zone, the more likely you are to meet new people and bond on a personal level.

3) Develop a Reputation for a Helpful Can-Do Attitude

If you notice that someone needs help with a project, offer a lending hand. When someone approaches you for help, do whatever you can to assist, you’ll then become the go-to person for more than just work requests. By lending a helping hand, you are showing your coworkers that you are a trustworthy individual, your coworkers will feel more comfortable about not only getting to know you but allowing you to know them.

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At Sparta Consulting Group we know the importance of taking the time to find people to connect with and develop those relationships within the workplace. Building relationships ensure trust and commitment to your team and career.

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