Strong Workplace Relationships

Building and maintaining strong relationships is essential to our longevity and happiness. An 80-year Harvard study [1] shows that close relationships are the number one factor in keeping people healthy and happy throughout their lives. Strong relationships protect people from difficult times, ward off mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of longevity than social class, IQ, or genetics. Some people are quick to separate their work and personal lives and do not form strong bonds with those they work with, however, workplace relationships are extremely important in creating personal connections and making us more motivated and productive at work. Research shows that workers who have friendships with co-workers report that their job is more fun, enjoyable, and satisfying. These friendships impact not only the individuals, but they have tremendous implications for the workplace too. A study [2] conducted by Gallup showed that employees who have a best friend at work are seven more times more likely to be engaged in their jobs and this engagement translates directly into bottom line results. Employees who are engaged produce higher quality work, report higher levels of well-being, and are less likely to be injured on the job. In contrast, employees without…