We spend between a third and a half of our waking hours at work. As a result, our relationships with people at work can become among the most important relationships in our lives. And, having good relationships with colleagues is one of the strongest predictors of people’s happiness at work.
To maintain these healthy relationships, ultimately, as in every relationship, it is most important to communicate. It may be that you agree to avoid discussing work-related topics outside of work. Or perhaps you let your friends know what topics you would like to avoid discussing in social situations, so that if they are getting together hoping to talk about some of those issues they can do it without you.
Workplace friendships can be rewarding as long as they are navigated with your eyes open to the potential problems that can arise.