There are many people who work better as a team and then some that like to work on their own. However, most people will work better when they are around people they like, it automatically creates a positive working environment. Jeff Fermin said, “I think there’s a humongous benefit from having friends at work. It can alleviate some of the stress that comes from working a lot of hours and makes those high pressure situations easier to deal with.” I couldn’t agree with him more. Those of us that work 40+ hours a week spend more time in the office than we do at home.
Fermin shares statistics he found which proves that having friends at work is not just a great thing to have, but it can make everyone work better:
- 70% of employees say friends at work is the most crucial element to a happy working life.
- 58% of men would refuse a higher paying job if it meant not getting along with coworkers. 74% of women said the same
- 25% increase in morale and productivity for simple things like larger lunch tables
- 50% of employees with a best friend at work reported that they feel a strong connection with their company
- 1 out of 3 adults has met at least one of their closest friends at work
- You are 1.4x more likely to receive praise in the last seven days
- You benefit from 137% more personal development support
- 35% higher commitment to quality
- 1.3x more likely to receive feedback about their progress in the last six month
- More than 27% high perceived consideration of their opinions at work
- 1.2x more likely to say that they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day
How does your company encourage these types of friendships?