Why Having Friends At Work Is Critical To Your Success [Infographic]

Posted October 6, 2016, by Zahra Campbell-Avenell

Since work occupies a large proportion of our waking hours, it’s no surprise that having good relationships at work matters. Toxic coworkers can be dangerous, to the point that the vast majority of people we surveyed were resigning because they didn’t get along with their boss or colleagues.

According to a meta-analysis of 58 studies covering more than 19,000 people in 15 countries, being able to identify with your peers at work contributes to both psychological and physiological well-being. Published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review journal in October 2016, the study found this to be the case for completely disparate industries, including sales, service, healthcare and military work. Bonus: another 20-year study suggests that you could live longer if you get along with your colleagues

Would you believe that 70% of employees think that having mates at work is the “most crucial element to a happy working life”? Or that good working relationships can be more important than a higher salary? Check out these and other cool stats in the infographic below – and then share it with your work buddies! 

why having friends at work is crucial

Infographic courtesy of Office Vibe.

Zahra Campbell Avenell
Zahra Campbell-Avenell

Zahra started writing at the age of 6, and hasn't stopped since. When she's not creating content about careers, learning and personal development, you can find her researching her next travel adventure, bingeing on Netflix or shopping online.

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