Treating Differently.

India
October 12, 2008 10:46pm CST
Hello friends. I'll be getting my degree this April and then hopefully I'll be starting a job, if not going in for higher education. Now I want to know something. All along, I was never exposed to work environment and a thought occurred to me as I was thinking about the work environment. What would you say is a difference between a friend from you class and a colleague with whom you work. How would you treat your friends and how would you treat your colleague at work and what would be the difference between them. bourne
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@dsharat (456)
• India
24 Apr 09
Well it depends...Some people will not feel comfortable in meeting new people or they will not be wiling to deal with others.So they will be be avoiding new friends. And some people will be easily interacting with new people or as you said new colleagues at work place.They will be treating every one in the same way...Like they will not show any difference in treating their old and new friends. What I feel is,one should be prepared to mingle with all types of people.Its not possible to be with those old and dear friends all the time in your life.After all,your close friend was once a stranger to you... Keep smiling!!
@zed_k4 (17630)
• Singapore
4 May 09
Hello bourne. I am so late with this discussion, apologies for that. So I suppose you have started to start in your new job and have already obtained your degree since it's early May now. How are you coping. Just nice to say something here, eh? I think a colleague can never be too close of a friend. Or perhaps there can be friendships bond over time after working periods together but at the same time, the educational difference can certainly be felt. However, what I truly think is that normally colleagues with different educational background could get along really well, if you know what I mean. The competition are mostly with those vying for the same promotion and etc. My best advice would be to just keep quiet, do your job and make some nice colleagues whom I'm sure some will be sincere enough to be friends with you. But don't trust anyone to be telling about your work problems like work politics and all that. You never know who will back-stab you and all that. Anyway, the working world is not that bad and is pretty much enjoyable once you get the hang of it. Have a fun time working and take care.
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
24 Apr 09
For me there really was no difference between the way I interacted with classmates or work mates.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Work friends are not friends as much as acquaintances and it is important to remember to keep the appropriate distance at work. Should you develop a true friendship over time that is find but work is not the place for friendly behavior.
• China
13 Oct 08
There is big difference between friends in you call and coworks. As you study in school, the friend you made is that you can talk anything with, even an evil subject. but When you start to work, the cowork will be your competitor, sometimes, you told something about others, she or he will report to your boss or let others have bad impressure on you. It will let you drive crazy and even lost your job.
• India
13 Oct 08
Hmmm.. I'm also waiting for my call letter now,so don't have much of experience to anwer your question. But I have always felt that your best friend will always be your school friend or college friend,not your office collegue. Infact,that's been the case with most of them. When we start working,we tend to become more responsible and commited,we'll not have more time for making friendship with others,we'll just look out for a companionship. In working environment,everyone will have a purpose for speaking with others,will almost always be related to work stuff. That's not the case with our school or college friends. I dont know as to how far I am right,might even change my opinion once I enter my work atmosphere. But I am damn sure,my bestest friend will be one my college friend,nobody can replace her :):) Cheers :)
• United States
13 Oct 08
It's a lot different in most cases. I can't treat my coworkers as I would my friends from classes I attend, there is not that level of closeness with your fellow workers as with your fellow classmates. In all of the jobs I have worked I have never gotten too close to the people working there, yes you respect them and you have good conversations, but you really don't go much further than that, we are both there for our own interest, not for each other, I suppose that is how school is too, but it is a less professional environment there so you can let loose a little more and just be yourself. It can depend on what job you have as well, but in most you usually still don't get as close to them as you would a school peer, when you have a job you more so have responsibility and all of that, when you are in school you are more care free, and you are with many care free people, the whole environment is different. Happy mylotting, and have a great day or night. Congratulations with your educational advances!