- Get a friend at work. Or leave.
Friendship is one of the key factors that make the difference between a bad job and a good job. This research comes from a huge poll from Gallup. Tom Rath, the Gallup pollster who puts data into bestselling books, wrote Vital Friends, which, in a nutshell is about how it’s nearly impossible to hate your job if you have a friend at work.
I have found this to be true. You could have that nagging feeling that the work is not right for you—maybe you’d be better suited in another field—but you will not dread going to work if a friend is there for you.
This is a big one for me, and I think it’s huge when working in mental health. You need to have some levity in the mental health field when you’re not actively working with difficult patients. Having friends at work is a huge contributor to whether you’re getting the release you need in between sessions. A lunch with friendly coworkers in the middle of an intense day is a HUGE plus for me. It can change the entire day.