There are a lot of great aspects to being self-employed: I have a flexible schedule. I don’t have a long commute. I can work in my gym shorts and flip-flops if I want to. Yes, there is a long list of benefits. But, there are some trade-offs too. For instance, I really miss my work friends.
Having some good work friends is a great asset. They make your job more enjoyable. They make you laugh even if you’re having a bad day. They keep you in the loop on latest office gossip. And they’re always ready to help you out or give you the cookie they didn’t want from their box lunch.
I’m fortunate to have a bunch of old work friends. Of course there is the original WMAGs: Tela, Susan, and Sara. Long before we started blogging, we were buddies that just sat next to each other at work. I loved chatting with them over our cubicle walls. Sharing laughs. Sharing frustrations. Sharing snacks. Just look at how excited we were to see each other every day…
Okay, we’re just posing for a cheesy picture here. But, we really did have some good times.
Before WMAG and with a previous employer, I had another group of work friends called the Glojags. Glojag stands for “glorious ladies of ja&g” (Ja&g was the company we worked for). The Glojags originally consisted of eight members. And although we saw each other every day and went to lunch often, we still felt the need to get together once a month for dinner and drinks, too. The tradition continues. We don’t work together anymore, but we still take turns hosting Glojag night on a monthly basis.
I keep in contact with all my old work friends. We chat, email, and on occasion we get together. But, it’s not the same. I really do miss interacting with these people on a daily basis.
So as much as your job sucks today, at least appreciate your work friends. Get the group together and go out to lunch. What the heck? It’s Friday! And if you don’t already have a goofy nickname for your group (like WMAGs or Glojags) make one up. 🙂