3 Times It’s OK to Listen to Office Gossip

You’re usually told to avoid participating in office gossip. Loose lips can sink careers, and anyway, you have work to do. But sometimes, you just can’t help but hear something through the grapevine. The trick is to know when you …

4 Reasons to Goof Off During Meetings

How much do some people hate meetings? Seventeen percent say they'd literally rather watch paint dry than attend one. So, it's not surprising that we're tempted, on occasion, to goof off a little during meetings. Well, here's some good news – that might not be all bad. There are actually some benefits to goofing off a little. Let's take a closer look.

Recommending Your Friend for a Job? Read This First

Working with your friend seems like a great idea. It's an even better idea if your friend has all the qualifications needed for the job at hand. But before you refer your bestie for the new opening on your team, carefully consider these tips and potentially negative consequences. Don't submit that resume to your hiring manager until you're sure that doing so is in everyone's best interests.

6 Tips for Making Your Co-Workers Like You More

It's really nice to have friends at work. We spend so much time at the office, it's helpful to have some folks to pal around with while we're there. Plus, we often have a lot in common with the people at work; even if the similarities only boil down to sharing the experience of the job itself. It can be helpful to talk to co-workers about what's going on around the office or even in the industry. Often the people in our personal lives don't really understand, or they're not as interested as co-workers might be.

How to Work With Friends

It's no secret that we spend a lot of time with our co-workers. In fact, while there's only about a 52 percent chance of us spending 30 hours a week with our family, there's a 91 percent chance we will spend that much time with our co-workers. Like it or not, they're the people that get the most of our time: friendship may very well be inevitable. When you do begin to form those bonds of camaraderie, here's how to keep it from getting weird.

How to End a Toxic Work Friendship

It's great to have friends at work, and there are a lot of benefits associated with it as well. But, when those friendships turn sour, they can take a toll on you personally as well as professionally. It can be difficult to detach and get distance from a toxic pal when you work together every day. But, it's an important thing to do no matter how tough it might be. Here are some tips for ending toxic workplace friendships.

5 Reasons You Need Friends at Work

Considering how much time we spend on the job, it's kind of amazing that becoming friends with the people we work with is still somewhat controversial. Some feel that it is best to fully separate our personal and professional lives, but more people are starting to intentionally blur these lines in a lot of ways, including becoming close friends with people at the office. If you enjoy what you do, (or even if you don't), it can feel unnatural to turn away from potential on-site friendships. And, why should you anyway? Here are some reasons why you actually need friends at work, and how those friendships can support you both personally and professionally.

3 Common Pitfalls of Work Friendships

The benefits of work friendships are pretty clear -- a sense of belonging, a positive corporate culture, improved communication and commitment to the team -- but that doesn't mean that having friends at work is totally without risk. Here's how things can go wrong, and what to do to make them right.

The Case for Being Friends With Co-workers

When it comes to personal relationships in the workplace, many career experts say you should be like a contestant on a reality TV show -- in other words, not here to make friends. But although socializing with colleagues can have its downsides, there are plenty of benefits to making friends at work.