It can be particularly hard to forge new friendships at work, especially if you’re the boss.“When you’re in charge of things, you can’t mingle with your co-workers.
“Most people will make friends in that environment,” even if they’re shy and someone else is doing most of the work.
Once we graduate from school and start building families and careers, there are fewer situations that allow us to preserve existing friendships or to make new ones.
Adults spend a lot of time “in environments where the purpose is not to make friends,” explains Bennett.
“Just drift and go somewhere else.” Once you’ve found your way into a group, your first interaction is just an ice breaker. '” recommends Bennett, and then comment on something mundane, like the weather or the décor. It takes time to transition from acquaintance to friend, so don’t get discouraged if after your first visit to the gym, you don’t leave arm-in-arm with a new BFF.
If you’re in a group of people who share an interest, start talking about that interest. “Don’t rush it, because then you come off as needy and desperate,” warns Bahar.
As you move up the ladder, you could even be breaking company policy in some instances by fraternizing with employees,” he adds.