Getting along with your coworkers is a beautiful thing. It can make your workday less dreary, help you focus better, and make you more productive.
While making work friends can be awkward, one way to break the ice is to start complaining.
Complaining about work tasks means you trust the other person not to spill your secrets, and can lead to closer friendships down the line, according to The Cut. One researcher calls productive work gossip "pro-social," or gossip that can lead to warning your peers about difficult managers or other information that results in more productive work.