So I've been working at a contact centre for a bank for a few months now and made some good friends over that time. Most of the people who I started with have now left the company except one person, a guy that I've considered my work best mate since Day 1. We went through training together, sat together all the time, were in the same "team" (same manager) and now we're getting trained together to get moved to another department.
However, my anxiety is REALLY bad at work and nobody knows about it except my manager. When I found out everyone was getting moved to another department, I wrote a letter to my manager explaining my anxiety/depression and basically begged him to put me in the same training group as my best friend. My manager assured me it would be no problem and thankfully this week I began training with my mate. He's a great source of comfort and helps introduce me to people plus he's kinda awkward/quiet himself so I feel very at ease around him.
The problem now is that after training ends, we're gonna be moving to the new department and all the people in training (there's 12 of us altogether) will be split into new teams AGAIN and I run the risk of being put in a different team from my mate. I'm already worrying about it because I'm hopeless at meeting new people (it was through my mate that I made so many friends in the first place at this job) and I also am scared that if we get put in different teams we won't see eachother anymore (we'll have different breaks, different seats, different teammates etc) and I'm pretty attached I guess so I would hate for us to be split up and have him do well and make so many friends and forget about me while I struggle by myself. Also at this job you need to do alot of "team building" projects and discussions which I'm hopeless at, and I'm very awkward and shy in these things. I struggle to make friends and it's been like that in every work environment I ever had. I've had about 8 jobs and this is the only time I've ever made a proper friend at work, that's how bad my anxiety is.
I was going to ask my manager AGAIN if he could help arrange putting me in the same team as my mate for when the training is over, but do you think that's kinda pushing it? My manager knows how bad my anxiety is and said it's his job to help me and will do anything to make me feel better, but I dunno, I don't wanna look like a ***** and that I can't do anything without my mate?
What do you guys think?
(I posted this in the work section on the forum as well but that section seems dead so I thought I'd post here too)