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Work Besties: The Secret to Modern Workplace Happiness

July 11, 2024

Lately, there’s been a surge in conversations about the importance of having a best friend at work. On platforms like Instagram and TikTok, the hashtag “#workbestie” has become increasingly popular. Research from Gallup consistently shows that employees who have close friends at work are more engaged and productive.

According to the latest Wiley Workplace Intelligence report, the majority (59%) of respondents said that having friends at work was a factor in deciding to stay at a company.

Having a work bestie significantly boosts morale by fostering a supportive and engaging work environment. When employees have a close friend at work, they feel more connected and valued, which directly impacts their overall job satisfaction and productivity. This connection creates a sense of belonging, making the workplace feel less like an obligation and more like a community.

A work bestie provides emotional support. Navigating the challenges and stresses of a job becomes easier when there is someone to share these experiences with. This mutual support can alleviate feelings of isolation and anxiety, contributing to a healthier mental state. Knowing that there is someone who understands and empathizes with work-related issues makes employees feel less alone and more equipped to handle difficulties.

Having a work bestie encourages open communication and collaboration. Friendships at work often lead to more honest and constructive feedback, as individuals feel comfortable discussing ideas and concerns without fear of judgment. This openness can lead to increased creativity and innovation, as employees are more likely to share their thoughts and suggestions. Additionally, collaborating with a trusted friend can make tackling projects more enjoyable and efficient, further enhancing productivity and job satisfaction.

A work bestie can make the workday more enjoyable. Shared laughter and inside jokes can break up the monotony of daily tasks, creating a more positive atmosphere. This positive energy is contagious, often spreading to other team members and improving the overall workplace culture. When employees are happy and engaged, they are more likely to be motivated and committed to their work, leading to better performance and reduced turnover rates.

Regardless of whether a workplace is fully in-person, fully remote, or hybrid, fostering a culture that prioritizes and encourages work friendships benefits both employees and the bottom line.


By Heather Nezich, courtesy of SBAM-approved partner, ASE.  Sources: Wiley, Wall Street Journal

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