You spend a lot of time with the people you work with, so why not get to know them as friends? There are many benefits to developing a bond with coworkers, including a better work environment and sense that people in the office care about you. Getting to know the people you work with often starts small: a quick lunch here, some drinks after work, and maybe a Saturday afternoon or weeknight get-together from there.
Lunch is probably the easiest way to get to know the people you work with. The amount of time you spend (usually an hour) is the perfect length to talk, laugh, and just connect on a different level. Any shorter than this and you really can't get into conversation, and longer might be a little overwhelming.
Getting a bite to eat is the most common thing to do during lunch, but why not add a little fun to it? If you thought picnics were just for romantic moments, think again! If the weather is nice, head to the nearest park and have a group picnic. Bring a Frisbee or board game along for some additional activity after you eat.
If you're the type of person that's been meaning to work out but just never got around to it, you're not alone! Many of us have the best of intentions when it comes to exercise. Having a workout buddy is not only a good way to bond, but it also helps you feel obligated to show up to the gym.
Best of all, getting a work out in might actually help you perform better at your job. A WebMD article says that "exercise can help you to be more alert." Sometimes just taking a walk at lunch or shooting a few hoops with your coworker can help you work up a healthy sweat.
Take a Class Together
It can be intimating learning something new, so why not make it easier by inviting a friend along? See if someone you work with wants to join you in learning to cook, speak French, or repair your car. Classes are great for new friends to bond because you are able to meet for short periods of time over several months. This helps a friendship form slowly and more naturally.