In any team oriented work environment, you are required to interact with your coworkers. You will inevitably find out who you do and do not get along with at you job.
But can an actual friendship develop with the coworkers you do like? Well studies have shown that even if you think your coworker is your friend, they might not think the same as you.
50% of workers said that they did not consider their coworkers as friends. There is a good percentage within that number that does not feel comfortable discussing their personal lives with their coworkers as well.
They did admit to discussing confrontations with other coworkers. Many people did not stay in touch with coworkers they considered to be “friends” once they left the position.
Even if you are not the type of person to be going out with coworkers to Happy Hour, it is important to still be friendly and non-confrontational. Employees who have more friends at work do tend to get more recognition than those who do not, which is something to remember.
No one appreciates a sour coworker. You do not need to be best friends with everyone you work with, but for the sake of creating a good environment it’s especially imperative to be amicable and professional.