Research shows that 3 out of 5 American's spend more hours at work than they do at home. Work takes up a decent portion of our lives; and it feels like a second home to most people; spending the majority of our week with co-workers, a group of people that are not family.
Another interesting fact; the
American Psychological Association says studies show that people who have a
good peer support system at work may live longer than people who don't have
such a support system.
In actuality, you don't have to
be friends with your co-workers, but to make your day go by smoothly; it's wise
to be on good terms with them. This doesn't particularly mean you have to spend
time outside of the office with them. But while you're in the same working
environment, being able to talk on a friendly or cordial basis is highly important.
Even if you don't particularly care for a fellow employee, doing your part to
keep the peace can go a long way towards showing true professionalism in your
I am pretty fortunate when it
comes to my work situation. For the most part I get along with my co-workers
and enjoy what I do (on a good day). Every morning I dread coming into the
office and having to make myself a coffee. On special occasions I’ve come into
work and the guards have an iced coffee sitting at my desk waiting for me and
ready to drink. On those days I smile from ear to ear, that small simple
gesture makes my entire day.
My co-workers love me doing this
"good deed project" because they have reaped the benefits of my deeds
such as today when I brought them a coffee from Starbucks. When they each
walked into the office and saw they had a Starbucks coffee waiting for them,
they had that same thankful, elated expression which I have on the days I receive
coffee and it made my day to see that I too could give that feeling to someone.
Today, make it a new beginning
at your office, no matter what the circumstance is; don't hesitate to be
friendly. Even if you're the new employee or maybe the one who's never had much
to say, don't hesitate to smile and say hello. Also, bring them coffee; I assure
you that nice simple gesture will make them overjoyed, and they will pay it
forward by bringing you a little surprise in the future!♥
"No-one has become poor by giving." - Anne Frank♥