What makes a decent work environment great? The first answers that come to my mind include good money, perks (like airline tickets or post-it notes), flexible hours, and an easy commute.
And of course the people. Today we’re talking about co-workers, those facets of working life that make the worst of jobs bearable and the best of jobs even better. I love a coworker who doesn’t flip out when I show up at the door crying tears of frustration, sorrow or hunger. (Special shout out to my coworkers who fed me and gave me lots of tissues in August 2005.)
I love a coworker who has gum, a therapist, and a steamy personal life. An extra sweater and saline solution? Coworker nirvana.
A work BFF doesn’t know all of your friends so she can be objective when you need to vent about one of them who has started acting like a Kardashian, only brattier. It’s not a betrayal to tell your work BFF all about the dramz in your circle of friends because she’s removed from the fray. It’s not gossip; it’s therapeutic.
And I adore that magic moment when you realize that your work BFF is someone you actually might hang out with outside of work. When you and your co-worker take your relationship to the next level and decide to double date or do something on a Saturday night that doesn’t involve work– that’s when you know you’re dealing with that rare gem of a co-worker who’s going to be in your life even after she gets transferred to the home office or quits to write screenplays.
And there’s a special place in Heaven for those coworkers who have had to travel with me. Good lord, taking the show on the road while wearing panty hose in an airport– those aren’t coworkers, they’re angels.
Your coworker is the only person who knows exactly what it’s like to work for your boss, just like your siblings are the only people who know what it’s like to be the child of your parents. That’s a serious bond, people. It’s not to be taken lightly.
In celebration of my favorite past coworkers, here are the top 5 acts of kindness that my coworkers have bestowed on me that I will never forget:
- Lent me breast pump tubes (holla!)
- Given me a sweater off her back when I could no longer deal with the sub-zero temperatures in my office
- Shared Cheetos and Ginger Ale when I was pregnant and working until 11:00 PM one night
- Accompanied me to Fogo de Chao with the douchiest interns so I wouldn’t have to talk to them by myself
- Married me
So, what has your coworker done for you lately? Brag it up!