Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Colleagues at work

Read an article on 我报 a couple of days ago, regarding the relationships between colleagues and friends.

The piece basically centred on the dynamics of office/worker relationships (not in the romantic sense lah), and whether it is considered "wise" to develop friendship beyond the necessary level of office-etiquette and so-called 'niceties'.

It correctly (IMHO) pointed out that with the passage of time, it is inevitable that people would become closer to one another, and would tend to share some personal information and opinions, and this has its pros and cons. The good side of becoming friends with your colleagues (it states) is it promotes better office friendliness and a more welcoming environment for one to step into, rather than the cold, greyish void filled simply with tables, chairs and cabinets. In a way, it makes going to work (ya, don't we all hate it!) more bearable, if you think of it as going to see a group of friends and having that nice and enjoyable lunch/coffee break with them.

On the other hand, the article warned against forming obvious cliques in the office, as that may cause unncessary division and related tension within the office. One "no-no" was excessive gossips about the usual gripes - such as the manager, the almost MIA colleague, the "cheapskate" colleague who refused to buy lunch, etc..

Actually, I believe all these interactions (be it positive or negative ones) with fellow colleagues are actually what makes the whole job experience what it is. It sort of "defines" the job, really, and without these necessary 'ingredients', the idea of getting up, and going to work each morning would be dreadful indeed!


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