We all get comfortable in the workplace and acquire a workplace “bestie”. That person becomes the person we lean on from “9-5”. We go to lunch with them, share our secrets to, talk about the boss with, and open up to about our spouses and kids.
Having a workplace bestie can be both a great and a bad thing as well. I mean let’s face it. We all feel we need a source to vent to when our day seems a little rough… and who doesn’t want a lunch buddy to get away with from time to time. I mean we all do right!?
Well, the unfortunate part of having a workplace bestie is that they could actually be ruining your path to the top. When you have goals that you would like to reach in your career it is very important that you are very careful with your workplace relationships. Yeah, it would be awesome if the only thing that matters in regards to your promotion is the long nights, extra workloads, and that great attitude you have.
That is not the case though. In order to succeed in your career you have to be very cognizant of the individuals you invite into your personal space. I know you’re probably thinking, “Why does my workplace bestie affect my career development?”
Your workplace bestie affects your career development in many ways. Think about it, we often divulge all of our likes and dislikes into that individual or, maybe you’re like a shining star at work but they’re teetering on the exit door. Your boss knows you guys are buddy buddy and thinks maybe those bad habits are apart of you too. So that could be why you’re “stuck”. How about if they’re the star and up next for a promotion? Do you think they’ll forget about all those problems you’re having at home you told them about and not hold it against you when that dream position is finally open?
These are all thoughts you should have. You see the problem with having a workplace bestie is that they influence your career. You need to of course nurture your work relationships but think about your long term goals as well. Don’t be so free giving of your personal information and “after five” personality that you kill your career future.
Interview and Career Strategist