Why We All Need Friends at Work

The best businesses foster cultures of friendship. Christine M. Riordan writes for Harvard Business Review about what a firm league of friendship can really do for productivity. She cites Gallup, who finds 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.” Camaraderie creates a shared sense of purpose, which increases job loyalty and entices employees to work their hardest. Work friends also create a support network for each other, in which successes are celebrated and the pain of mistakes is assuaged. Creating a true culture of friendship takes concerted effort though. One of the best ways to do it is to be selling products and services that employees truly believe in, so that they can rally around the good they are providing together.

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