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According to a Study, Working With a Friend Can Make You Happier and More Productive

Most people spend more time at work than at home, so it’s only natural that they’re inclined to build links with their colleagues. Beyond a professional relationship, it’s important to have someone who celebrates your work accomplishments and at the same time, listens to you when you need to talk about your personal issues. Otherwise, the workplace would become a lonely and isolating environment. According to a study conducted by Gallup, a global company specializing in human resources, having at least one friend at your job helps you perform better and allows you to be more innovative, which can lead to a higher income.

Bright Side wants to share this investigation that determined the value of having a friend at the office.

It creates more possibilities to get things done.

According to a study, having a friend at work can encourage you to go to work since it’s a place you can spend time with that person you like and, therefore, be happy. Because of this, it’s more likely that you’ll want to get more involved in the company’s projects, either by sharing ideas or boosting your performance. The study indicates that 63% of people who work alongside a friend are more involved in projects compared to the 29% of those who only hold professional relationships.

Women’s social well-being is much better when working alongside friends.

Women who work next to friends find it easier to combine their work with their social life. That’s probably because their life is full outside of the office, so they have time to connect with their friends while at work.

Friends develop a dynamic that triggers innovation, making businesses grow.

Keeping a friendship in the workplace can lead to up to 12% more profits as employees feel a greater connection to their team members. This means that they’re more willing to take risks that could lead to innovation. In addition, due to the trust they have in each another, supervisors tend to rate their performance, that of the team, and even that of the company in general as positive, which may result in a salary increase, a promotion, or rewards for their accomplishments. What’s more, is that you are less likely to experience negative feelings, like worry, stress, and fatigue after a day at work.

There’s a 36% less chance of work accidents

For both men and women, having a best friend at the office leads to better performance. According to the investigation, 6 out of 10 companies whose employees have personal and professional relationships suffer from 36% fewer safety incidents. This occurs because their workers have a stronger connection with their peers and are forced to take positive actions that benefit the company.

Do you think it’s appropriate to have a friend at work? Or do you believe relationships should be strictly professional? Share your thoughts with us and tell us if you have a special relationship with a colleague.

Please note: This article was updated in July 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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