Well, it should come as no surprise that you’ll be more efficient at work if you get along well with your colleagues. I mean, can you imagine working in a company where nobody actually likes you?
While you may argue that having good friends at work will affect your efficiency and productivity(who even says that), a research by Gallup has revealed that this might not be the case.
According to Gallup, employees who report having a best friend at work were:
- 43% more likely to report having received praise or recognition for their work in the last seven days.
- 37% more likely to report that someone at work encourages their development.
- 35% more likely to report coworker commitment to quality.
- 28% more likely to report that in the last six months, someone at work has talked to them about their progress.
- 27% more likely to report that the mission of their company makes them feel their job is important.
- 27% more likely to report that their opinions seem to count at work.
- 21% more likely to report that at work, they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day.
TL;DR: Having a best friend at work = better work performance
Let’s be frank here. What are the deciding factors for, let’s say, whether you leave a company or not? Salary? Benefits? The number of leave days? Career progression? I’m sure all of the above plays a part in your decision.
However, I’m fairly certain one would take his/her colleagues into consideration too. In other words, the loyalty of employees toward each other. Hence, relationships among employees play a big part in deciding whether an employee stays or not.
Ultimately, I think it comes down to having a shoulder to lean on when the going gets tough. Having someone that can relate to your situation can be really great emotional support.
That being said, is there anyone you would consider your best friend at work?