"Chemistry. You have to get people who will get along." Phil Cooke
Job satisfaction depends greatly on who you work with
People! Liking your job often relates to liking the people you work with. A 2010 survey sponsored by Randstad, a professional staffing and HR solutions provider, revealed that 67% of workers reported "having friends at work makes their job more fun and enjoyable." Additionally, "55 percent feel that these relationships make their job more worthwhile and satisfying." These friends can be colleagues, work friends and acquaintances.
Having friends at work becomes even more important in times when career growth opportunities may be limited and salary freezes the norm.
According to the survey there are significant benefits to workplace friendships. Having friends at work:
- Creates a more supportive and friendly workplace: 70%
- Increases teamwork: 69%
- Increases workplace morale: 56%
- Increases knowledge sharing and open communication: 50%
- Higher job satisfaction: 45%
- Makes employees more motivated: 36%
- Reduces employee turnover: 36%
- Creates a stronger commitment to company/organization: 32%
- Increases employee engagement: 31%
- Increases productivity/performance: 30%
Create a great culture!
Understanding each other goes a long way to developing positive workplace relationships. Many companies and their employees have benefited from investing in team chemistry and culture.
How is your company's culture? Do people work well together? Have you invested in creating the chemistry that helps people to get along?