Work Friends Beat Out Free Massages

Working hard or hardly working? Turns out if you want the former, you should encourage your employees to have a best friend in the cubicle next to them. Rather than distracting them with small-talk or chit-chat, workplace friends actually boost employee engagement and loyalty.

Officeteam recently released survey results that may make managers think twice about the makeup of their teams. They show that employees prefer having an office BFF to a fantastic benefits program. That’s right: people surveyed prefer meaningful workplace relationships over a free flossing at the dentist. Employees who have friends waiting for them with open arms rate their job satisfaction 50% higher than those who only have friends waiting at home.

One may assume having a best friend at work would simply mean merrier employees: whistle-while-you-work, “give world peace a chance” types. But while visiting the water cooler in my own office, a new reality struck me: friendships at work display whether there is trust or a lack of trust in the workplace. It measures faith in co-workers—will they support each other when they take a risk or do they have to watch your own back?

Strong relationships encourage patriotism both to and within the company. Best friends at work make for employees that are best friends with their work. Even BuzzFeed agrees, sharing the ’21 joys of having a work BFF.’
Do you agree with the survey results? Do you think employees are more likely to stay at an organization if they have a work BFF?

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