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How Friendships at Work Improve Employee Engagement

50 percent of employees who have a best friend at work say they feel a strong connection to their company. Learn more below

How many times have you felt guilty when your boss caught you chatting away at a co-worker's cube? Well, an infographic from Officevibe contends you shouldn't feel guilty for making friends with and spending time with co-workers during the workday. In fact, it argues that office friendships are directly linked with employee engagement and productivity.

Here are a few supporting statistics:

  • Fifty percent of employees who said they have a best friend at work reported feeling a strong connection with their company.
  • Seventy-four percent of women and 58 percent of men say they would turn down a higher-paying job if it meant they wouldn't get along with their co-workers.
  •  Seventy percent of employees believe having friends at work is the most crucial element of a happy work life.
  • One-third of adults have met at least one of their closest friends through work. 

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Want more reasons why work friendships are important? See this infographic:

11 Incredible Reasons Why Having Friends At Work Is Important (INFOGRAPHIC)This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe, the employee engagement software that helps companies improve their employee retention, and have a better organizational culture.