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August is the month of World Friendship Day so it got us thinking about what makes a good friend, and in particular what makes a good work colleague. We spend so much of our time at work, it’s really nice having a close network of friends who you trust and who make your day more fun. So what can you do to be a good colleague in your workplace?

  1. Build meaningful & trustworthy relationships. Support your colleagues and be there for them when they need you most. Try to be optimistic and enthusiastic when you are at work and praise your colleagues for their achievements. Also, try to talk about life outside of work – showing a genuine interest in your colleagues will make them feel comfortable around you.
  2. Create value for others. Keep team spirits high during stressful times and listen to people’s opinions – they could have a valid point! Get into the habit of smiling and greeting everyone as you arrive in the morning or begin your shift. A smile goes a long way.
  3. Make a difference. A recent study showed that 3 in 10 people highlighted optimism and enthusiasm as the most important quality in a work mate, according to the One4all Rewards Spotlights Awards in 2016. Be that friend who makes somebody feel good – be somebody that people can turn to for advise.
  4. Be mindful. Avoid gossip at all costs, it will only make you look unprofessional.  Never engage yourself in it – it’s really not worth it – and you’ll retain the trust and respect of your co-workers.
  5. Have an empathetic and caring nature. The 2016 study also showed that British workers hugely value having colleagues who can act as a bit of a friend – keeping everyone’s spirits up, as well as sharing secrets and worries.

Friends who laugh together stay together. And did you know that laughter decreases stress levels and helps us to feel connected? So try to be a better work colleague, and look after your friends. Make somebody smile at work – you might make their day. We all need good friends in life!