Moving your friendship beyond the office walls is similar to another form of relationship building.
"It's totally like dating," says Emily. "Definitely don't try to rush it or force it." And there's a few tactics, she says, that can facilitate and create friendly interactions in the workplace:
Look for opportunities to run into them
"Whether that's sitting next to them in a team meeting, finding yourself in the kitchen together, or looking at attending the same training sessions or meetings at work."
Show them that you like hanging out with them
"It's about looking for the little signals that people give you about themselves, and then finding an opportunity to connect with them based on that."
Move into a during-work-hours invitation based on what you have in common
"Grab a coffee or a juice. Or if someone, for example, is talking about their fitness or you see them walking into work in their exercise gear, invite them to go for a walk during lunchtime."
Start with weekday plans before weekend plans
"This is a really great transitional step and it actually takes into account the thing you have in common (which is where you work). It lets you take that professional experience and take that step into friendship in a safe way."
Call them up on a weekend
"I would say probably aim for something like 10 or 15 social interactions before you actually call someone up on the weekend and move to out-of-work time or make your friendship Facebook official."