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Why Friends SHOULD Work Together

A few days ago, I overheard someone utter a dreadful cliché, “Friends shouldn’t work together.” Yeah, say that to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards! 

Jagger and Richards, also known as The Glimmer Twins, have known each other since they were little kids. They rode bicycles together years before writing songs together. Now over 50 years collectively in The Rolling Stones, the pair remain good buddies. In fact, Richards claims to love Jagger “99 percent of the time.” [1] 

I don’t feel The Glimmer Twins are an exception to the rule. I truly feel it’s better to work with friends instead of people you don’t know—or people you dislike. 

For most of my adult life, I’ve been employed as a writer. I’ve helped countless friends get onboard at magazines and newspapers, despite warnings from other friends. 

“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” someone would confess. 

Or a bolder statement, “You’re gonna lose that friend.” 

Bottom line, working with my pals was awesome! Joining workforces with comrades can be an incredible experience. Here are some major reasons I try to get a friend—or friends—on board for my projects:

  • You already like or love each other, so you’re off to a good start. There’s no “breaking the ice.” 

  • Competitiveness is healthy because you want each other to succeed. After all, friends are the best cheerleaders. (If they’re not, you might want to rethink your friendship!) 

  • True friends are not jealous of each other.

  • You move ahead faster in your endeavor because you know each other so well and are comfortable with each other. 

  • Working with someone you really like can enhance both the work and friendship bond. 

  • You already know your friend is reliable, fun, hard-working, creative, and suited for the job. 

  • Celebrations of success are much sweeter when shared with a pal! 

Even if you have a 9 to 5 job, the benefits of having one or more supporters in the workplace are plentiful. You’ll love going to your job knowing there’s an ally. Mixing business with pleasure makes work more fun. Employees are more productive when they’re happy. 

A recent article in Career Contessa reiterated that my thoughts are right on the money. [2] The article stated that in recent studies less time is spent making friends in the workplace than generations before us. We’re spending more time in front of our computers—especially now, working remotely—and less time having coffee clutches. Having workplace friendships is pertinent to not only our happiness but in how valuable we can be as employees. The key is to work willingly and honestly. Working with friends has no room for passive-aggressive behavior. You have to be able to speak up when something is wrong. Don’t let ego or hurt feelings get in the way. Know that this is business; don’t take it personally. Finally, if you decide to take on a project with your bestie, remember that you’re equals. Pulling a power trip isn’t a recipe for success. Communication is key. 

Keep those tips in mind and you’ll have a successful working friendship. Remember, work can be a common ground where two great minds become one. You never know, you can be the next Mick Jagger to someone’s Keith Richards! 

Have you ever worked with a friend? How did that work out? Share your stories with us! 

 

References: 

  1. Article by Sam Moore “Keith Richards on his relationship with Mick Jagger” in NME, March 29, 2019. 

  2. Article in Career Contessa, “Should You Work With (or for) Friends?” Oct. 12, 2020



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