It’s one thing to have people you know intimately within your private social circle, and it’s another thing entirely to have friends who also happen to be your coworkers. Despite what you may have seen on countless films and TV shows, having friends at work isn’t exactly all sunshine and daisies. For the average person, it can be rather awkward to make friends with other people in the workplace, and even when they do make friends, there will oftentimes be tensions flaring due to the mounting stress and pressures that come with the territory.
Furthermore, it’s admittedly harder to make friends within the workplace naturally unless there are people whom you already know working there alongside you. But should you find yourself in a position where you’re working in a company where you don’t know anyone personally outside of the office, then you should make the effort to befriend certain people from a strategic standpoint. It might sound political and Machiavellian in nature, but think of it as a way to bolster your position within the company while still being very sociable.