5 Benefits of Making Friends at Work
You spend the majority of your waking hours at work than at home or anywhere else. So considering how much time we spend at work, it’s still a wonder why some people continue to avoid making friends at work.
They think that making friends might cut down or intercept their workflow. Some people have the ideology to keep their professional and personal lives completely separate.
While that’s certainly well and good, people have started to blur these boundaries to such an extent that they think that fraternizing with their colleagues is no short of uselessness. Many fear gossip and inside politics.
No one is telling you to start opening up and sharing your personal life with someone before you develop a deep trust. Below are a few points which will tell you exactly what I mean and regard the benefits of having friends at work.
Happy Working Life
Aristotle stated, “Man is by nature a social animal.” He further goes on to elaborate that society precedes an individual. So anyone who does not partake of society or leads a common life is either a beast or a god.
This states the importance of a human needing to socialize to get by and stay sane. So when you have friends at the workplace, your work won’t feel like work or a set of tasks you need to get done and out of the way.
Increase in Morale and Productivity
No one likes to wake up early in the morning and head to work. In the case of a night shift, you dread having to spend all the lonely night hours alone at the office with nothing but work to look forward to.
Having friends at work will actually make you look forward to work and the day will not seem so dry. It will increase your motivation and productivity.
With your heart in your work, you’re more than likely to produce better quality in your work. That’s otherwise hard to achieve, what with everyone trying to cram in more into their schedules than is humanly possible and employers being hard to satisfy.
Personal Development Support
When you have friends at work, you benefit from 137% more personal development support! You have the added opportunity to do what you do best every day.
Many people have their support system built in at home with their families and friends outside of work. But do you really want to talk more about work after you spend more than 8 hours at your office?
Also, regardless of the support your parents or other friends can give you, they don’t really understand your job as well as someone going through the same thing. They can very well comprehend what you’re going through, the toughness of your schedule, and also who and what you’re dealing with.
Fondness for Your Company
Having someone to discuss your weekend with (or any other detail in or out of the workplace), can make getting up for work whole a lot easier. Higher commitment to quality work has been observed and raised by more than 35%.
You’ll find yourself caring more about the progress of your company as well. The passion for your job can ensure that you put in your best, and having friends at work is a big motivation factor to stay and give it your best.
Higher Paying Job Won’t Feel as Appealing
58% men and 74% women said that they would refuse a higher paying job if it meant that they will not get along well with their co-workers. That goes to show that more than half the people stated that they value a place with a friendly environment.
They feel this way because work feels more like home and no one minds staying late as much. Lunch breaks can also be more enjoyable and fun and you’ll certainly be able to go back to work feeling more positive and refreshed.
Having been through all kinds of working environments, I can honestly say that I feel more motivated at work when I’m around people I like and enjoy talking to. It makes my job that much easier.