By Holly Eagleson for
You might think that having a BFF at work would be too distracting, what with all the nonstop prank wars and chit-chat. But it turns out the opposite is true: A Gallup poll found that having a best friend at the office makes you seven times more engaged in your work and 43 percent more likely to get praise.
If you're swimming in a sea of Dwight Schrutes, consider buddying up to one of these unexpected folks. Strategic trench buddies will do more than improve your workday -- they could actually bolster your career.