Having friends at work, makes you happier in your job, and has been closely linked to overall life satisfaction. A work culture that encourages friendships amongst colleagues can help increase productivity and dedication to your work.
Research shows, that after food and shelter, belonging is a fundamental human need. This is why building strong relationships with workmates can have a massive impact on your day-to-day wellbeing. It has been reported that employees who are friends with their work colleagues have a more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile and satisfying experience at work. This can lead to an overall increase in productivity, job satisfaction, purpose, and company loyalty.
What if you have a best friend at work? Studies found that employees who have a best friend at work, are more likely to engage better with customers, produce a higher quality of work, have better overall well-being, and are less likely to get injured on the job.
Having friends at work also benefits home life. When you have a positive and supportive working environment, you are more likely to go home and pass those benefits on to your partner and family. This in turn benefits work life, as having a positive home life makes you feel happier about going to work and as a result, you’ll become more engaged and productive.
That’s why progressive employers who are people and culture focused, put policies and procedures in place to minimise work/family conflict. The best employers understand the benefits of creating a culture where friendship and inclusion can thrive. Company values that promote authenticity and integrity can assist with creating social connections. Leaders who promote open and collaborative communication, encourage people to get to know one another and promote social activities, assist with the development of friend networks. This helps remove conflict barriers and instils a sense of bonding and mutual trust.
NB Industries values strong relationships and supports loyalty and friendship within their teams. They encourage collaboration and bonding through an internal reward and recognition platform and regular social events, and proudly promote a family first mantra.
Here is what some of NB Industries team members had to say about having great mates in the workplace:
Having great workmates plays a big part in your overall wellbeing. We spend so much time at work, it is important we enjoy it. Being part of a supportive and positive working environment helps bring out the best in all of us.