Being friends with your colleagues has huge benefits. It makes you a happier and more productive employee at work. But, there is more to it than that!
Many studies have shown that is important to have friends at work, and this makes perfect sense. Having someone to talk to while you are on your lunch break helps you break out of your work routine and enjoy your time. Research proves this results in a happier mood, increases productivity and makes work a lot easier.
More specifically, a study by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota showed that groups of friends were better than groups of acquaintances regarding their commitment to the project, their communication, exchanging feedback and evaluating ideas. This infographic from O.C. Tanner presents the findings of the study and provides references to other important reports that suggest businesses should encourage employees to make more friends at work.
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If you are curious to learn how having good relationships at work can help you succeed, take a look at this infographic. Any thoughts are welcome in the comments section below…