With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at the wonderful world of working relationships. How many can you relate to?
Co-workers: These are the people that, besides working for the same company, you really don’t have anything in common with. They might be acquaintances at best, but it’s safe to say that you don’t really have any sort of relationship with them at all!
Work friends: More than a colleague, not quite a friend in ‘real life’… It’s a difficult relationship to define; do you spend your lunches together? Yes. Have you had one too many together at the Christmas party? Of course! Would you socialise together in a non-work setting? Probably not. They’re the people who make it fun to come into work, and they’re the ones you can count on taking you to happy hour after you’ve had a bad day, but it’s hard to know if you’d actually be friends in any other situation.
Your team: These are the people you work with most closely; they’re the ones you share a desk with every day, and they’re probably the people who know you best professionally. They might not necessarily be your boss or your subordinates, but they’re your team and you probably wouldn’t be able to get through your working days without them.
Manager / subordinates: This is probably the most important professional relationship you’ll have. Whether you’ve got the best manager, or you’re stuck with the boss from hell, this is an office relationship that requires equal amounts of tact and care. How you get on with your boss can make or break your days at work, so it’s worth investing some time into this relationship. Alternatively, if you’re the manager in this situation, it’s important that you don’t neglect your relationship with those who report to you; they can have a bigger impact on your career than you might think.
Office spouse: When you spend so much time at work, it’s not unusual to find yourself with a work wife or husband. While there’s no romantic connection between you, you’ll probably find that you just get each other, and that you’re each other’s go to. It’s a great relationship to have, and both parties can benefit immensely…as long as you know where the line is and don’t turn into a real couple.
Lovebirds: Whether they met at work, or have somehow ended up working together, you’ll usually find at least one romantic relationship within the office. These can be messy if not handled carefully, and many companies tend to frown upon romantic relationships between colleagues – break ups are awkward and painful enough, and that’s without having to see each other at work every day!
Frenemies: Unfortunately, you can’t get on with everybody, so most workplaces will have a fair few ‘frenemies’. These are the people who are civil to each other, and will work together when they have to, but otherwise have nothing good to say about each other. Professionalism usually comes first, but beware of the claws that will likely come out later!