Many friendships are formed and carried through long periods of time over the lunch/dinner table. ‘Let’s meet for lunch’ is a common phrase that indicates wanting to spend some time with a friend. It’s nice to have lunch served to you but it’s the friendship that is the magnet. Even casual friendships are important to us. To share a meal with a friend, or potential friend, is a bonding moment. To hold business meetings over lunch forms friendships that break down barriers and continues to work long after the meal is finished and the table is cleared.
Forming friendships on the job is a vital part of having a smoother workday. We all know there are days when everything goes wrong. Now picture going to that friend at work who is the very one to help you solve a problem and put you back on track. Friends who have been on the job years longer than you, can give you tips on how to do your work easier, with intention. Sometimes a friend is like having an extra pair of hands. On the other hand, it is just as gratifying when you can be the friend to help your coworker. There is a particular feeling of attachment in your gut when you have extended yourself to help another.
There is a spring in your step as you prepare to go to work because you know you will see friends to greet you, exchange the latest news and bring you up to date on any events. Having a kindness about you is beneficial when working in a senior or assisted living where you will be helping residents in one way or another. That same kind attitude is an invitation to your coworkers for friendship. You all share the same work reality and that is powerful in forming friendships on the job. It is easier to understand a dilemma that arises and discussing it is uncomplicated when you know you are all immersed in the same field. That also applies when you want to share happy news or accomplishments. Who could better share the joy than someone who clearly knows the situation. Your coworkers seek the same goals you do for the residents. When issues are shared it builds a better working relationship.
Unexpected friendships in the community create strength and a positive growth of self. Kind Dining® training sessions open the doors for these friendships to form. Discussion and alliance as a team at work is encouraged.
Be ♥ Kind Tip: Friendships with coworkers create strength and a positive growth of self.