I started a new job back in January. I am enjoying my new job. People are much happier and far less stressed and miserable than they were at my old job.
But this has opened my eyes to the importance of socialization at work.
My work is still on the phone, but I have time in between phone calls to talk and joke with my co-workers. Even complaining to them can be helpful, in moderation.
I have heard it said that people who have a friend at work are more likely to stay at a job. I understand why. That was one thing that made me sad at my last job. We had great people tjere, but we never got to enjoy each other’s company.