Relationships at Work - Fact or Fiction?

When you spend 30-60 hours a week with the same people, you are likely to develop relationships with them (either friendly, romantic, both, or neither). Make your workplace interactions work for you with Modern Manners' Guy's tips.

Richie Frieman
5-minute read
Episode #261


If you think work stays at work just because you clock out at 5pm, you’re not entirely correct. Even if you have the type of job where you can just leave at the end of the day without bringing your laptop home with you, work still follows you out the door.


In the relationships you form with your colleagues and superiors..

Your office relationships are a major part of life, whether you like it or not. And as I discuss in my new book, Reply All…And Other Ways to Tank Your Career (available for pre-order now!) your life inside the office inevitably spills over into your life outside the office. If handled properly, this can be enjoyable, rather than stressful. So before you create a bulletproof clique or start dating your boss, check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for properly managing your workplace relationships:

Tip #1: Office Cliques

When we think of cliques, we tend to imagine the cool kids in high school – the jocks, the pretty people, the mean girls, the rebels, etc.—basically, everything that makes teen movies so epic. But workplace cliques are not at all like what you experienced in high school, they are much more professional and mature...or not.

Let's face it, at work it’s only natural to be drawn to certain people with whom you have a lot in common. Maybe they work on the same projects, or enjoy talking about the same things, or are closer to your age. Regardless of the reason, you will ultimately prefer to be around some colleagues more than others, just like in your personal life.

Some say that office cliques are bad for the workplace because they foster isolation or alienation, however that’s only the case if people act like they’re 12. Cliques are in fact healthy for the office setting. After all, if you have a stressful day or screw up an assignment, isn’t it always easier to commiserate with someone who understands what you’re going through? That’s what your office clique does.

But there is one caveat of the clique.....