As the most prominent generation in the workforce at present, millennials are bringing change to corporate culture across all industries. We want different things out of a company and out of our career than the generations before us, and we aren’t afraid to
feel entitled to it ask for it.
We want work-life balance, learning and development opportunities, mentorship, autonomy in our day-to-day work, flex-work policies, and of course, a work bestie.
The work bestie.
Listen to any millennial talk about their job and you’ll hear this term thrown around probably as often as you’ll hear us say “like.”
It’s a unique relationship shared between two colleagues where you basically become the only reason each other can survive going to work Monday-Friday.
It’s a coveted title that solidifies our generation’s need for an aggressive amount of emotional support at all times.
Because, you know, our parents probably (semi)cut us off after putting down thousands of dollars for us to do a general arts degree and now we have no idea how navigate the real world without someone holding our hand.
Every millennial wants a work bestie. And more importantly, every millennial wants to be a work bestie.
Forget traditional career goals like working your ass off to get to the top. Becoming a work bestie is the most ambitious career goal we have.
So how do you become a work bestie? And what makes a good work bestie?
Well, my vast experience in the corporate world (15 months, but in millennial time that’s like 15 years) has taught me a thing or two about the dynamics of this relationship. So in traditional millennial fashion, I will now bestow my extensive knowledge onto all of you in the form of commandments, because I’m basically like God or something #millennialproblems.
The 5 Commandments of Work Besties
1.Thou Shalt Not Work in the Same Department
Though this can obvi be difficult to accomplish, it’s much more beneficial for your mental and emotional health if you aren’t best friends with someone who works in your department. You avoid the risk of ruining your friendship over petty work drama (i.e. you slacked on a project and now your bestie/colleague is literally so annoyed with you they can’t even), and your team won’t resent you for creating some weird, cliquey bestie dynamic in the department.
Because even though real life should be exactly like Mean Girls, it’s not. And cliques are apparently inappropriate at work???
2. Thou Shalt Be Available 24/7
Despite the title “work bestie,” you must actually play a number of different roles in each others lives. Not only will this person be your best friend at work, but they will also quickly become your personal confidant, motivational speaker, adviser, therapist, cheerleader, mascot, and fucking life line. Therefore, you must be available for each other at all hours of the day/night/weekend/literally any time.
Because if your work bestie doesn’t answer your 18 drunk calls at 3AM on Saturday night, are they even your work bestie????
3. Thou Shalt Consult Each Other Before Every Life Decision
Similar to being in a group chat, you must consult your work bestie (and obvi your group chat) before making any life decisions. This includes but is not limited to: your weekend plans, what to wear that day, what you should eat for lunch, if you should wear your hair up, if you should watch RHOBH or RHONY, if you should go out with that creepy guy from Tinder, etc. They should literally know about everything that is happening in your life at all times and should be your co-pilot.
Otherwise they are just a waste of space in your life because you obviously cannot be an independent fully functioning adult alone!!!!
4. Thou Shalt Not Hook Up
If your work bestie happens to be your preferred gender and sexual orientation, please do not fuck up your life and start hooking up. This will ruin your friendship and working relationship, make everyone at work talk shit about you, possibly get you fired, and probably break your heart because all boys are fuckboys 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Jkz! But seriously, just don’t shit where you eat. It’s common sense.
5. Thou Shalt Drink Together