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13 Things Only People With A Work BFF Would Understand

13 Things Only People With A Work BFF Would Understand

Do you have a best friend at work? Having a work BFF makes work much easier and more fun. It also means you always have someone to chat with while you’re at work.

Check out these 13 things you will be able to relate to if you have a work BFF.

1. You And Your Work BFF Have Loads Of Inside Jokes

You and your Best Friend Forever from work have so many inside jokes that you struggle to remember them all. Once you joked about writing them all down because there would probably be enough to fill a book. You only have to say one sentence with an inside joke in it and your work BFF will start cracking up.

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2. You Always Visit Your Work BFF’s Desk

You visit each other’s desks every day, normally multiple times. You have stopped pretending it is for work reasons. Now you unashamedly go over to show your work BFF a cute video of puppies you found on Instagram.

3. You Hate It When They Go On Vacation

When your work BFF is on holiday, work becomes just work – and nothing else. The day they come back is like Christmas coming early. You can’t wait to get to the office to hear all of their holiday stories.

4. You Experience Bad Days Together

If you’re having a stressful day, your BFF will empathize and end up having a stressful day too. It’s nice to be in it together. Plus, you can complain to each other on the way out of the door.

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5. You Discuss Office Gossip Together

There is so much drama in your office, it’s often more exciting than Game Of Thrones. You always update each other on the latest office going-ons through email, text, phone, and whispered conversations while your boss isn’t looking.

6. You Know Each Other’s Worst Habits

Why does your work BFF have to type so loudly? You can hear it from the other side of the office. Then again, they don’t judge you for never washing your coffee cup. Like literally – you’ve never washed it.

7. You Talk About Mean Co-Workers Together

Your work BFF has a boss who never listens, and you have a lazy co-worker. The easiest way to deal with them is to rant about them to each other. It may feel mean, but it helps both of you deal with it. After all, you have to stick together against the forces of office evil.

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8. You Hang Out Together Outside Of Work

You both go for a glass of wine together after work. In fact, you do this a lot. After a long day at work complaining to each other, all you both want to do is have a laugh together.

9. You Know What They Like For Lunch

You know your work BFF hates mayo, and they know you love olives on everything – mainly because you eat lunch together 5 days out of 7.

10. You And Your Work BFF Have Nicknames For Everyone Else In The Office

This is mainly so you can whisper about people in the office, while you’re still in the office. Did you see what loud shoes just did?!

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11. You Text And Call Each Other On The Evenings And Weekends

40 hours a week together just isn’t enough. Your  work bestie NEEDS to know what is going on with your relationship drama.

12. You Can Have Conversations Without Talking

You and your work BFF often have full conversations in facial expressions – especially during meetings.

13. You Only Go To Work Parties If Your Work BFF Will Be There

You won’t to go to a work party if they aren’t going, because without them you would sit alone, eating all of the snacks, and feeling awkward.

What do you think of this list? Do you have a work BFF? Share this with your work BFF and see what they think!

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Amy Johnson

Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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