Education Executive reports that friendships are important to our overall happiness and the companions we make at work are a big part of this, says new research which reveals that the majority (81.7%) of education professionals consider their colleagues to be their friends.
The research by CV-Library survey of 1,200 professionals exploring how much UK workers value their friendships in the workplace and whether they rely on their colleagues for support. The findings reveal that a staggering 90% of education professionals believe it’s important to get on with your co-workers, with the research outlining several benefits of doing so:
- They support me through bad times – 60.7%
- They help me with my workload – 58.9%
- They make me laugh – 55.4%
- They listen to my problems – 51.8%
- They make work more fun – 50%
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments on the findings: “It’s great to see that education professionals value their co-workers, with many considering them to be their good friends. We spend a lot of time at work, and as such, a friendly working environment is important. As an employer, it’s vital that you create a good company culture and this should sit at the top of your priority list. Doing so is beneficial for both your staff and your business and can have a number of positive effects on your workplace; from increasing productivity to ensuring staff work well as a team.”
What’s more, education professionals were asked to explain why they believe work friendships are so important, with 40.7% stating that getting on with your colleagues helps you to work better as a team. Others believe that these friendships are vital as you spend every day together (37.3%).
Interestingly, the study also found that the majority (91%) of education professionals believe their work relationships have had a positive impact on their personal life, with 58.3% claiming that they have distracted them from their problems or helped them through problems (33.3%).
Can you rely on your colleagues to help you out? Are they your friends socially as well? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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