How many times have you felt guilty when your boss caught you chatting away at a co-worker's cube?
Well, an infographic
from Officevibe contends you shouldn't feel guilty for making
friends with and spending time with co-workers during the workday. In fact, it argues that office friendships are directly linked with employee engagement
Here are a few supporting statistics:
Fifty percent of employees who said they have a best friend at work reported feeling a strong connection with their company.
Seventy-four percent of women and 58 percent of men say they would turn down a higher-paying job if it meant they wouldn't get along with their
Employees with a best friend at work are 1.4 times more likely than workers without a best friend at work to have received praise in the last seven
Seventy percent of employees believe having friends at work is the most crucial element of a happy work life.
One-third of adults have met at least one of their closest friends through work.
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Want more reasons why work friendships are important? Check out the infographic: