How to add meaning to your work life – with friendships

When life is busy, and your mind fills up as fast as your schedule, going to work can feel like a necessity that is best got out of the way with as little fuss as possible. Get in, get out, get paid.

Yet if you’re going to spend 20, 30, or 40 hours away from your beloved offspring all week just to get the bills paid, those long days in the office can soon become depressing.

Without meaning, your work just becomes torture. Meaning isn’t just found in what you do, but how you do it – and who you do it with. In fact, people who maintain friendly connections at work are 50% more likely to say they find their job satisfying, while using this time to be social can significantly reduce your stress levels.

So while making friends at work may seem like a push beyond what you’re comfortable with, it’s worth the investment of your time and energy.

If you’re not sure where to start, we have the perfect guide for you: a new infographic exploring the further benefits of getting chummy in the workplace – and how to strike up a friendship with a colleague.

Photo by Brooke Cagle