I was having a bit of trouble coming up with something to do this week, on Wednesday, it turns out I did something nice worth talking about. There's been a lot of stress at work these past two weeks. There are rumours of cuts and people are anxious. There was one particular co-worker whom I had previously worked on various projects together but we haven't worked on anything lately. Since we had limited interaction, I was curious how he was doing during these stressful times.
I figure what better way to make someone talk to you than to buy them lunch and make them sit next to you for 45 minutes. :) So that's what we did. We went to lunch together and caught up. We talked about work and travel and family and the nuances of living abroad. There was nothing groundbreaking, but I think that was the point - we got to catch up on small personal items that we used to talk about when we worked on the same projects.
I don't feel the need to be friends with everyone at work, but a friendly reminder that I work with humans, not robots makes going to work that much nicer.