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Why Work Friends Are the Best Friends

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Written by Camilla Mills

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Studies have shown that most people spend about 90,000 hours at work over the course of their lives. That represents about 30 percent of their total time and indicates just how invested people are when it comes to their jobs.

As a dog groomer working full time you can probably relate! How do people survive all that time at the groomers?

Some stay motivated by thinking about all the money they’re making. Others feel fulfilled as they love grooming dogs. But the majority of people are able to go into work day in and day out and enjoy it because of their work friends.

Many people find that their friends at work turn into their best friends over time. They spend so much time with them that they become closer and closer until they’re eventually inseparable.

Here are some of the reasons why people say their work friends are also their best friends.

Work Friends Share Many of the Same Struggles

No matter how much you love grooming dogs, there are probably certain things about it that you wish you could change.

For example, you might wish one of your managers was a little bit nicer. Or you might wish that all dogs would stay still when you’re grooming them. Or you might wish you didn’t have to work weekends.

Grooming friends share the same struggles as you and help make them a little bit more tolerable. When you know that you aren’t the only one dealing with a bad manager or a misbehaving puppy, it can take the edge off your job.

Your colleagues at the groomers will commiserate with you and let you know that they, too, share a lot of the same thoughts and opinions as you.

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They See Each Other At Their Highest and Lowest Points

When you spend eight or more hours every day working alongside your dog grooming friends, they’re going to see you at both your highest and lowest points.

They’re going to be there when your boss calls you one day to gives you a well-deserved promotion. They’re also going to be there the day you come back from lunch with tears in your eyes because your boyfriend broke up with you.

Similarly, you’re going to be there to see them at their high and low points. It’s going to bring you a lot closer and make you more than just dog grooming colleagues.

Over time, as more and more of these situations pop up, you’re going to find your colleagues at the groomers transforming into your actual friends and then later becoming your best friends. It’s a fun journey to take.

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They Talk About Everything Under the Sun

When you’re spending as much time together as you and your colleagues at the groomers are, you’re inevitably going to discuss, well, just about everything. You’re going to talk about:

  • Your ambitious career plans
  • Your wild love life
  • Your crazy family
  • Your amazing dog
  • Your friends outside of work
  • That time in high school when you had that really awful haircut
  • And so much more!

You’re literally going to learn everything there is to know about your friends at the groomers, and they’re going to learn everything about you. That will bring you closer and turn your friends at work into your best friends.

They Learn How to Depend on One Another on a Daily Basis

You’re going to do more than just gossip and chit-chat with the people at the grooming salon. You’re also going to be spending a lot of time actually grooming dogs.

As you do, you’re going to need to learn to depend on one another. From covering shifts for one another to helping each other when very energetic dogs come into be groomed, you and your friends at the groomers will have each other’s backs.

You’ll all come to appreciate how you’re always there for one another.

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They Witness the Growth in One Another

You and your grooming acquaintances will watch each other grow, both inside and outside of the groomers.

You’ll see one of your close friends at work go from being an intern to being a low-level employee to being an associate and, finally, to owning their own groomers. You’ll also see them go from being a single person to being a married person to being a mother or father.

Conversely, they’ll see you grow and go through all of those same stages as well. And in the midst of it all, your friendship will grow. It’ll be great for you and your friends at the groomers to experience the different stages.

They Start Spending Time Together Outside of The Groomers

In order for your work friends to truly turn into your best friends, you’ll eventually need to start hanging out after work. It’ll happen organically if you let it.

In the beginning, you might only hang out with them outside the groomers during company picnics and events. But before long, you’ll be having dinner parties together and catching up for concerts. This will allow you to experience your friendship outside the confines of your groomers.

You’ll be able to solidify a real friendship based on things other than just grooming dogs. And even if you and your friends at work end up going your separate ways in a professional sense, you’ll never lose that bond that you form.

After you and your friends at work turn into best friends, you’ll be friends for a long time. You’ll have your grooming job to thank for it.

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Work Friends Can Make Every Day a Blast for You

Do you want to make lots of work acquaintances and love what you do every day? Consider opening up a groomers of your own!

You’ll form relationships with those working around you, and you and your friends at work will really enjoy spending time at the grooming shop. Before long, you’ll be like a little family and will wonder what you ever did before you started working together. Check out our blog to find out the top tips for running a pet grooming business.