Take time to build relationships at work

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Take time to build relationships at work      “Time for reflection with colleagues is for me a lifesaver; it is not just a nice thing to do if you have the time. It is the only way you can survive,” Margaret J. Wheatley, Management Consultant

During any work day, you need someone with whom to share a good laugh or go for a coffee run or to bounce off ideas. The workplace can be a very lonely place without this kind of camaraderie. Can you imagine going into work and not having a conversation with anyone for eight hours? Or not having someone to talk to and consult in times of crisis? Even if you don’t socialize with your work best friend outside of work, it’s essential to your mental health and well-being to have a buddy in the workplace. This is especially true for expat employees.

Companies that encourage employees to get to know their colleagues understand how this sense of belonging can contribute to their overall performance and productivity levels. In a recent meta-analysis from Gallup, 192 companies and a total of 1.3 million employees were studied to examine the effect of employee engagement on productivity. The study shows that employees with friends at work have a higher level of job satisfaction and are:

  • 43% more likely to report having received praise or recognition for their work in the last seven days
  • 37% more likely to report that someone at work encourages their development
  • 27% more likely to report that the mission of their company makes them feel their job is important
  • 27% more likely to report that their opinions seem to count at work
  • 21% more likely to report that at work, they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day

Of course, you still want to maintain a professional attitude and establish these friendships gradually and naturally. Set some boundaries and avoid talking about deeply personal stuff like your health, sex life and finances. Take the time to build these relationships, but proceed with caution and test the waters to see who you can really trust.

Visit workhealthlife.com to read more about the health benefits of friendship.

 

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