“Do you have friend at work?” Believe it or not but there are bunch companies who actually ask this question during their people surveys. For instance all 40 participants in Gallup’s Q12 employee engagement assessment are the one’s asking it from their people.
So companies ask their people do they have their best friend working with them. And it is not just for fun or just to gather some statistics. They actually want to know it.
Yes, of course, there are some threats connected with this when a person has a friend at work. For instance, when one of the friend leaves the company then the other one might follow him/her as well.
But despite the minor obstacles there are actually a lot of reasons why organizations should want their people have friends at work; here are some:
Today’s employers are facing different challenges, such as low engagement (according to this Gallup study only 13% of workforce is engaged) and difficulties with recruitment. As you remember, happy employees are more engaged, satisfied and productive. So based on this I would conclude that when a person has a (best) friend at work then he/she would probably be more engaged, satisfied and productive.
Therefor you probably would want to (and should) contribute to your employees relationships. Here are five thoughts how you can do that:
What is your experience? What do you do in your organization to support workplace friendships?
By Helo Tamme from www.workplace-happiness.com