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Typically, when people speak about their best friends you never associate them with work or that they had met them through their profession.
1 in every 3 people meet their closest friends at work
Having a work best friend has great benefits for both employees and the overall business:
- Employees feel they are more capable taking on tasks they would usually avoid
- Overall employee happiness is increased
- Companies with happier employees have been predicted to outperform their competition by 20%
- Employees that have a close/best friend at work are 7x more likely to engage fully
- Close work, friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%
- 70% of employees say, having friends at work is the most crucial element to a happy working life
"We don’t really have work best friends, but we can definitely say we are quite close as a team. By working with people, we are close to inside and outside the business is a lot more motivating and not as stressful – we’re always having a laugh, but we’re still getting our work done, working in a more professional and corporate working environment can be challenging at times and if you don’t have some kind of friendship with who you work with it can be harder.
It doesn’t have to be professional and, in your face, corporate the whole time, but knowing when to be professional is a must when dealing with clients, candidates, senior members of the team and other external services.
On the contrary, we do think a lot of people would enjoy working in their current job a lot more if they’re working with a team that creates a relaxed environment."
– Popular Opinion
A staggering 58% of men would refuse a higher paying job if it meant not getting along with co-workers and 74% of women said the same.
A study has shown that employees who are happier at work are 20% more productive, and when it comes to sales teams promoting a happier environment can raise their overall sales by 37%.
Employees that work with a best friend are 1.4x more likely to have received praise in the last seven days and are 1.3x more open to receiving feedback about their progress within their role over the last six months.
With employees being more open to receiving feedback and having a more motivated outlook towards their work, they are benefiting more from personal development support given by their employers, with more employees saying they have extra opportunities to do their best every day and are feeling more appreciated by their managers.
Office friendships have direct links with productivity and engagement, actively encouraging friendships in the workplace might seem you are making your team less productive because they will be chitchatting with each other but making these friendships a crucial aspect will keep your team’s motivation and productivity levels up.
Too much talking can cause negative effects to any professional environment, making this undesired effect becoming detrimental to your teams’ productivity and leading to them wanting to socialise more than working. With the right balance and mixture of internal communications being more fun will improve your teams overall focus and concentration.
A happy workforce is a productive workforce and here at Sewell Wallis, we strive to make our working environment as comfortable as possible for each member of our team, with regular team outings and celebrations for the great work we achieve as a team.
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