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My co-worker and cube neighbor is a fantastic singer. Every Friday afternoon, we rejoice in the weekend that is upon us. She’ll start singing a lovely song in her perfectly tuned voice that puts the rest of us non-Mariah Carey-sounding folks to shame. Inevitably, we’ll turn on the YouTube acapella Disney medley, sing along and glide through the afternoon while getting the rest of our work done.

This small yet significant example is just one reason why having friends at work is so important to me. When so much of my daily life is spent at my job, positive workplace socialization is imperative to my overall happiness, sanity and most importantly, my productivity. Early on in my career, I learned the value of making friends at work, and nearly 13 years into my career, some of my closest friends are those I’ve met in the workplace.

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