Your work best friend is more than just your friend. In fact, they’re a contributing factor to your career success.
Research from Gallup has looked into the benefits of having a workplace best friend, and saw that the long-term relationships you form at work go further than business networking. Workplace friends can, in fact, improve your happiness, quality of work and job development.
From their study, employees with work best friends are 43% more likely to “report having received praise or recognition for their work in the last seven days.”
They were also 37% more likely to “report that someone at work encourages their development”, and “35% more likely to report coworker commitment to quality.”
And, when compared to those who didn’t have work best friends, employees had “significantly higher levels of healthy stress management, even though they experience the same levels of stress.”
The research pointed out that employees who had such friends at work were seen as more loyal and trusting - which did contribute to a manager’s decision on who they would like to keep in their staff.
When you spend more time at work than at home, there’s definitely no better person to have than a work best friend.