Most people spend more time at work than at home, so it is natural that they tend to bond with their colleagues. In addition to a professional relationship, it is important to have someone who celebrates your professional achievements while listening to you when you need to talk about your personal problems.
Otherwise, the workplace would become a lonely and isolated environment. According to a study by Gallup, a global company specializing in human resources, having at least one friend at work helps you perform better and allows you to be more innovative, which can lead to better performance.
We want to share this research that determined the value of having a friend at the office.
It Creates More Possibilities To Get Things Done
According to this study, having a friend at work can encourage you to go to work, since it is a place where you can spend time with that person you care about and therefore be happy.
Therefore, you are 7 times more likely to want to get more involved in company projects, either by sharing ideas or increasing their performance.
There is also a 20% less chance that you will quit or continually look for other opportunities. The study also indicates that 50% of employees who work together with a friend build a special bond with the company compared to 10% of those who maintain only professional relationships.
Two-thirds Of Women Believe That Having A Friend At The Office Is Essential To Working Comfortably
Salary, opportunities for growth within the company, and benefits such as health insurance are some of the main factors that people consider when looking for work.
However, according to research, two-thirds of women admit that the social aspect is also an “important reason” for getting a job. The culture within a company is essential for the person to have a healthier life.
Friends Develop A Dynamic That Triggers Innovation, Making Businesses Grow
Maintaining a friendship in the workplace can lead to up to 12% more profit, as employees feel a greater connection to team members. This means that they are more willing to take risks that can lead to innovation.
In addition, because of the trust they have with each other, supervisors tend to evaluate their performance, that of the team and the company in general, as positive, which can result in salary increases, promotions, or rewards for their achievements.
Also, you are less likely to experience negative feelings, such as worry, stress, and tiredness after a day at work.
There’s A 36% Less Chance Of Work Accidents
For men and women, having a best friend at the office leads to better performance.
According to the research, 6 out of 10 companies whose employees have personal and professional relationships experience 36% fewer security incidents.
This is because its workers have a stronger bond with their peers and are forced to take positive actions that benefit the company.
Do you think it is appropriate to have a friend at work? Or do you think that relationships should be strictly professional?
Share your ideas with us and let us know if you have a special relationship with a colleague.
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