The Office is Number 1 for Friendships
by mobile phone firm O2 has found people form more friendships in the
workplace than in any other area of their lives. The 2000 adults
surveyed, revealed that the workplace created more long lasting
friendships than school or university.
one in three people said they made most of their friends through work,
whereas around one in four (23%) cited school and one in 10 said higher
this is not so surprising when you stop to consider how many hours of
the day are spent at work. The time spent with colleagues far outstrips
time spent with school or university friends, and even some members of
family. Close relationships are formed over time and, even in a
professional environment, it’s hard not to forge friendships with people
you work closely with 5 days a week.
in the workplace can often help create a more positive work culture;
this in turn can bring about a more motivated, team lead workforce.
These attributes are very attractive for any business, so how can
companies encourage friendships within the workplace?
are a number of ways in which companies can aid in helping employees
build closer friendships at work.
Office / Team Lunch
more teamwork related tasks can help employees develop
relationships. By working together employees gain better
the personality of their colleagues enabling to better
the time to socialise with other team members during the day
also provide a valuable way to form closer workplace
friendships. It is
therefore important that companies to encourage professional
for employees within the working day.
or team lunches can be an easy way to encourage employees to
together for a chat; the offer of a free lunch is rarely
turned down and
can allow those with other commitments outside work the
chat to their fellow colleague.
Canteen / Breakout / Meeting Space
Having a suitable meeting area is essential, many large commercial businesses will have a canteen or meeting space for employees to relax with a coffee and have a chat during lunch. For a smaller company this may not always be an option, using a serviced office can be an additional benefit here as breakout space is often available to use for free, a valuable service that can help employees create better working relationships.
friendships are an important fact to bear in mind when recruiting new
staff. A perfect match in terms of character can often outweigh a few
more years experience resulting in a more motivated and successful
employee. This is particularly true in small businesses where perhaps
there are only a handful of new recruits a year and someone who does not
fit in can cause major problems. Imagine how disruptive the wrong
person could be in an office space
with only 10 people?
way to discover a candidate’s suitability to the role is to ask them to
undertake a form of psychometric test prior to a second interview. Not
only can this test aptitude, but it can also help with suitability to
the role, and how well the individual would fit in with the company