How to Make Office Friends and Influence People

Posted Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by .

New job, new department, new location. All of these scenarios entail making new friends at the office, a task that can often seem daunting at best while you navigate through your new environment. It’s hard to make connections while you’re busy learning all those policies and procedures. Here are tips and tricks that are sure to impress your new co-workers and have them begging to share a cubicle or a cup of coffee with you in no time at all.

Binder Clip Keyboard Leg Replacement Lifehack

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First of all, it pays off to be helpful. If you notice that your office mate has a keyboard with a broken leg, impress them (as well as your boss) by fixing it fast and saving money at the same time. Use a binder clip to replace the broken leg.

Bread Clips Hold Cords Lifehack

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Do the desks in your new digs come complete with ample cords? Make co-workers and the I.T. department happy with this simple trick. Bread clips work well as cord markers, and you won’t accidentally unplug your computer when you meant to get to a lamp.

DIY Desk Organizer

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Wow the entire department with a DIY desk organizer. When you hang out around the water cooler, they’ll be begging you to tell them how you did it. Bonus points if you offer to make them for your admirers. Directions can be found here.

Delicious Office Desserts

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Win over even the most hard-to-please people with 60-second chocolate chip muffins. Bring in the ingredients and the ramekins, and help your office mates whip up a delightful afternoon snack. Here’s how.

iPhone Speakers

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Now that you’ve made so many friends at the office, it’s time for an office party. And it’s not a party without music! If you forgot your boom box, check out this cool trick to make speakers for your iPhone using plastic cups and a cardboard toilet paper roll.

There are many more suggestions on using common items at the office here. And if none of this works, there’s always office pilates.

Greg Gladman

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Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers. You can find him on .

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