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Recruitment is a stressful job - everyone knows it. Not life or death stress, but the type of stress that means that you are juggling lot of things at one time. It makes it is easy to forget that you have boiled the kettle three times and you’ll still walk back into the office without your brew!

So how do you deal with the stresses of a demanding role and working with equally stressed colleagues?  There are many tried and tested options inside working hours, like time management, keeping a to-do list, having rest breaks and so on. These are all great to keep in mind. The method that seems to work the most at relieving the stresses and strains of a long week in Building Careers seems to be having fun outside of the workplace and socialising with our colleagues. We like to let our hair down together and have a drink! Yes, the good old fashioned pub seems to be our weapon of choice.  We also have bowling trips, dinners, wedding ceremonies, baby showers, and pantomimes with our families.

You don’t need to cancel going to your brother’s 30th birthday or skip the school play, but some form of socialising with co-workers outside of the office can be positively useful - and fun. The forty hours a week you spend together in work is as much a reason to spend a bit of social time together, as it is to dash out of the office on a Friday! After all, you are all working together so it helps you build relationships and perhaps get to see people - in a different perspective away from deadlines and work.

Forbes Magazine recently published an article about the benefits of socialising with your colleagues and the impact it can have on your own personal happiness.

“Socialising with your co-workers is essential for your career,” says Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work. “If you’re not able to relate to your co-workers as human beings and build positive relationships, your career will suffer. Socializing and getting to know them as people will help you to communicate better, trust each other more and work better together. Also, employees who have positive workplace relationships are happier at work (in fact, good workplace relationships are one of the most important sources of workplace happiness) and we know that people who are happy at work are more productive, more creative and more successful overall.”

 So, using Alexander’s words, I’m off for a drink with my work pals as it will make me more productive!!! Fancy coming too?

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