7 Friends You Need at the Office
You're moving up on the job, thanks to your hard work and rockin' ideas. It never hurts to make a few allies along the way, though. We picked the brains of a few powerful women and career experts to get their advice on work friends you need to have to help advance your career.
1. The Interns
2. The Office Gossip
You know the type—she spends working hours doing everything but work. She might annoy the crap out of you, but she knows stuff—like who's leaving, who's being promoted—that you can use to strategize your own move up in the company.
You don't have to chime in—nor should you—when she dishes, advises career coach Nicole Williams. But definitely listen up when she talks.
3. The I.T. Girl/Guy
4. The Office Manager
5. The Developer
You have this great idea for a new software program that is sure to make bank for the company, but it requires a ton of legwork to get up and running. The problem? The development team—like I.T.—always has a ton of projects running. Get on a first-name basis with the team and your projects might get bigger priority over others.
Another benefit? Developers work closely with the management team and they might put in a good word about your project, says Janeesa Hollingshead, marketing manager for the start-up Fundable.com.
6. The Male Colleague
7. The Boss's Assistant