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How can I make friends at work?

People in the workplace tend to have interests in many different things.

People who don’t share your special interests may not want to talk about them with you, so it may not be appropriate to bring them into the workplace unless it is relevant to your job.

You may find it useful to prepare some questions or strategies for talking to people. Try also to remember something about the people you talk with so that you can ask them about it next time. This will also take away the anxiety of having to think too much when you are talking to them. For example, you could ask them:

  • How are you today?
  • Did you have a good weekend? What did you do?
  • How are things going?

If you smile and be friendly, people will usually be friendly to you too.


The NAS has great advice on how to make friends.

TheSite offer lots of tips on how to make new friends.


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