Work Friendships Yield Long-Term Career Happiness

Ashley Sava
workplace friendships critical

According to research, it’s in your best interest to score some workplace cronies today. As our always-on culture harvests longer workweeks, it’s nearly impossible to feel content at a job without befriending colleagues.

You’ve probably heard it before: your coworkers are not your friends. While that can certainly be the case (particularly if that’s what you want), new research suggests that having friendships in the workplace is critical in order to achieve long-term career success, health and happiness. Human beings have the basic need of fellowship to give us a sense of belonging somewhere. Regardless of our environment, deep relationships are something that people, at their very cores, long for. Although it’s easy to argue the benefits of keeping your personal life and your work life separate, it simply doesn’t change the way our species operates.

Future Workplace, an HR advisory and research firm, conducted a study with Virgin Pulse called the Work Connectivity Study, accounting for approximately 2,000 managers and employees in 10 countries. According to the results, about 1 in 10 people have no friends at work, and more than half have less than five. Those without friends said they were lonely, disengaged in their work and felt a high need for social connection. Two-thirds reported that they’d be more likely to stay at their company longer if they had more friends.

Another study, put on by Officevibe revealed that 70 percent of employees say having friendships in the workplace is the most crucial element to a happy working life. The study found that 58 percent of men would refuse a higher-paying job if it meant not getting along with co-workers. There’s no denying that office friendships are directly linked to workplace engagement and performance.

Harvard Business Review has found that rates of loneliness have doubled in the United States in the past 50 years. Their research found that a person’s feeling of loneliness correlates to a lower job performance and that lonely employees were perceived by their coworkers to be less approachable and even less committed to the organization. Loneliness even influences the work of other colleagues, as well as overall performance outcomes. It’s in an organization’s favor to tackle these issues to the best of their abilities.

At Pipefy, we pride ourselves in taking initiative to get to know each other outside of our respective positions and teams. We have channels on our company’s Slack account that employees use to converse about common interests. We encourage our Honey Badgers to get involved in PipeClubs, which allow us to unify people by creating similar interests, and providing work/life balance using sports, hobbies and other activities. Our values also reflect the significance we place on building strong relationships. One of our values, Trustable, demonstrates that trust is at the foundation of everything we are doing at Pipefy. Our business is built on relationships. Relationships between employers and employees, coworkers, staff and customers. When we trust in all our stakeholders, we create an environment in which development and high execution are a priority. Trust is the backbone of any strong friendship, and we want all of Pipefy’s staff to have lasting relationships inside and outside of their departments.

Our friendships at work effect our mood, happiness and overall fulfillment. The absence of these important relationships will result in companies with high turnover rates. So go ahead, find that new workplace BFF!

Written by
Ashley Sava
is Pipefy's Editor and Copywriter. With a background in journalism and content marketing, she uses her wit, writing skills and incurable cheerfulness to leave her readers inspired, hooked and informed. Sava resides in Austin, Texas.

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