While starting a job might be pretty overwhelming with many things to settle down, it is still very crucial to make friends with your colleagues. Studies show that having friends at work can make employees more productive. Not only that, but also motivated and loyal to the company they work for, according to New York magazine. However, fitting in at the office isn’t always easy. Here is how to start the right step and ways to make friends at work in Malaysia.
Ways to make friends at work in Malaysia
1. INTRODUCE YOURSELF
First, make sure you’re introducing yourself to everyone you meet–take advantage of downtime spent with coworkers in the kitchen, before a meeting, at the water cooler, or in the elevator. Ask them what team they’re on, their favourite part of working at the company, their weekend plans–anything! Small talk can be intimidating, so here are some topics you can prepare to help the conversation go well.
2. LEARN PEOPLE’S NAMES (AND USE THEM IN CONVERSATION)
As Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, wrote, “A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” Learn coworkers’ names, use them when speaking to them, and you’ll leave a more positive impression from the start.
3. EAT LUNCH AWAY FROM YOUR DESK
It’s an easy way to meet and speak with people outside of your team—and a good excuse to take a real break (which is good for you and your productivity).
4. GO FOR COFFEE
Offer to take a coworker out for coffee when you’re both free (and pay for their drink). Besides being a friendly gesture and an easy way to get to know them, the other person will probably offer to get you back another time—a simple way to ensure you get to hang out again!
5. SUGGEST AFTER-WORK DRINKS (OR DINNER)
Ask a small group (if you’re not sure who, start with your immediate team) if they’d be interested in grabbing drinks or food near the office. The casual environment will open the conversation to non-work stuff, and you’ll get to connect on a more human level.
6. START A CHAT ROOM
If you know you share a common interest with coworkers, start a chat room where everyone can discuss a designated topic. It can be about anything work-appropriate sports, a TV show, or recipes, for example.
7. WORK AWAY FROM YOUR DESK
If you can do your work from anywhere in the office, take advantage of the common area tables or couches so that you can meet people you don’t sit right next to.
8. HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
If you don’t complain about your work constantly or get involved in office drama, people will naturally want to be around you and soak up your positive spirit.
9. DECORATE YOUR DESK
Add some personality to your space! Putting photos or knickknacks on your desk helps others learn more about you and will inspire off-the-cuff conversations when people stop by.
10. JOIN (OR START) A COMPANY INTEREST GROUP
If you’re lucky enough to work at a company with pre-established groups–like a kickball team or movie club–join one that aligns with your interests. If there aren’t any, a book club is an easy group to start yourself. Just find a few others who like to read, pick a book, and schedule a time and place to discuss it.
11. BRING IN FOOD
We all know that food brings people together. Coworkers will appreciate the gesture (especially when they have no snacks on hand), and it’ll give you a chance to interact with new people. Bonus points if they’re homemade and people ask for your recipe.
12. OFFER TO HELP
Even if it’s outside of your job description, offer a helping hand to your colleagues before they ask. It’ll give you the chance to work with and meet other people, and they’ll appreciate your team-player mindset.
By learning these ways to make friends at work in Malaysia, making friends with your colleagues may sound like a challenge at first. However, as long as you are friendly and can blend in, you will click well with them in no time.
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