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We see each other once or twice a year, but every day we call or chat. It starts with Liza’s selfie and ends with Etelle’s car selfie on her way home. And I have a selfie in the middle. Etelle is from Luzon, Liza is from Visayas, and I’m from Mindanao. We are a support group for each other. Our bond began with work-related concerns and meetings. Over the years, a friendship developed.
I’ve been in different workplaces, and I’ve always had a safety net inside. They are your best critics and your biggest fans. We have a term for that,”praise-praise“group. In simpler words, we compliment each other excessively. They reassure you. They keep you well.
The safety net is that small circle inside the big circle of friends. They are usually from different departments or different localities. You turn to them when the going gets tough. When you need to scream or cry out of anger, you turn to them. You go out for lunch or after work coffee and cocktails. Right, May and Ken? And if they’re from another island, you do a conference call.
For those in their 20s, it’s like being back in high school again, but with new friends. Your talks focus on fashion, tv series, rom-com movies, and dating. Over the years, the conversation shifted to children, careers, homes, and governess problems.
I saw it in Eden, Hazel, and Shanna. They are in the same building where their friendship started when the three of them were single. They now hold office in three different buildings, however, their partnership is strong. What used to be lunch has become dinner and coffee. They keep each other updated. They are each other’s best critics, and they don’t hold back. They don’t mince words.
These are the friends you need when everything seems gray. They will go to the extent of saying bad words to make you see things, get you on your feet, and make you make a decision that is good for you, your team, and your company. They push you to become a better version of yourself. Sometimes, the mirror is not enough for you to see yourself.
In any workplace, having a safety net is always a good idea. Long distance, or as they say, LDR, or within the same office or locality is not important. It always serves the same purpose. They boost your morale, and make you love your job more.
And before you know it, work groups become good friends for life.
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