Building friendships at your workplace

May 3, 2018 86 0 0

We meet them every day, we greet them every day, we eat with them every day and spend at least 8 hours with them every day. Yet, how many people actually find friendship in a co-worker relationship? Have you ever wondered how many employees are friends at your organization?

Although being friends with other employees can be seen as a threat (one leaving work and the other following soon enough), these threats are overshadowed by the advantages and strengths they have.

Despite those “friends” discussing “spouse issues” in the middle of their work, here are some factual reasons why wise HR departments want more friendships blossoming in their organizations:

  • Gallup study found that 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.
  • Gallup study also found that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work.
  • O.C. Tanner’s Survey found that 72 % of employees who have a best friend at work are satisfied with their jobs, compared to 54 % of those who don’t have a best friend at work.
  •  A LinkedIn study reveals that 46% of people believe that friendship with co-workers makes them happier. Additionally, 18-24 years-olds found that friendship in the workplace makes them feel: happy (57%), motivated (50%) and productive (39%).

So, based on these solid statistics, when a person has a (best) friend at work, he/she would probably be more engaged, satisfied and productive.

Therefore you probably would want to (and should) contribute to your employees’ relationships. Here are five thoughts on how you can do this:

  •  Use gamification methods when recruiting or training your executives. Games, fun, challenges are things that tend to break the ice and unite people.
  •  Organize after-hours team events like playing golf or basketball together to anything like participating in a RatRace.
  • Create internal social media groups where people can share both private and work-related information.
  •  Create and sponsor traditions that help to unite people. Traditions can be anything like birthday celebrations, casual Fridays or national holidays.
  • Encourage peer to peer recognition which involves employees recognizing each other for their work or for helping each other.

    How many friendships can you see occurring in your organization? Do you do anything to make them stronger? Let us know in the comments below!

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