No man is an island – Would you like to have a best friend at work? 3(4) | TENTIO
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No man is an island – Would you like to have a best friend at work? 3(4)

Astonishingly enough, if you would do a random poll and pose this question to people around you, you could easily expect to receive this answer: “Well, I like to have friendly relationships, but I don’t consider my colleagues to be my friends – certainly not my best friends.” This answer would be even more frequent at a higher managerial level. Many people see a clear divide between work and home life, almost suggesting that having a friendship at work would undermine productivity.

Gallup research, one of the biggest researchers when it comes to Employee Engagement dared to ask this question: “Do you have a best friend at work?”. Why did they do it? How is that connected to employee engagement?

Their research repeatedly showed a very concrete link between having a best friend at work and the amount of effort employees invest in their job. They gave an example that those who strongly agree that they have a best friend at work are more than twice as likely to be engaged (63%) compared with the women who say otherwise (29%).

Those who are more engaged enjoy their work more, achieve better results, feel better and even motivate their team mates – all in all, they live happier lives. If we consider that we are spending so many hours at work with our colleagues, even more than we spend with our families and friends – wouldn’t we say that it is important to feel good in our offices?

You might not be able to influence the way your boss acts towards you and your team (which is also important), but you are in full control of how you build relationships with your colleagues – and also, with your boss!

We want you to start your journey today and therefore we recommend: listen carefully to your colleagues and try to ask them questions that show genuine curiosity about their experience (concerning work or non-work related topics).

We welcome you to share your new experiences with us: what was it that you noticed? What was different when you adopted these new behavioral patterns?

/Ines Basta, Coach TENTIO

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