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  • Writer's pictureUma Parthasarathy


Updated: Mar 22


According to the 2021 Workplace Friendship & Happiness Survey by Wildgoose, fostering positive relationships in the workplace has significant benefits:

  • 57% of people say having a best friend at work makes work more enjoyable.

  • 22% feel more productive with friends.

  • 21% say friendship makes them more creative.

Working in pleasant and supportive environments leads to greater satisfaction, punctuality, cooperation, lower absenteeism, and longer tenure with the company. Human beings, being naturally social creatures, crave friendship and positive interactions. Thus, the quality of our relationships at work directly influences our happiness and productivity. Moreover, good relationships are crucial for career development, as trust and rapport with the boss and colleagues can open up opportunities for promotions and provide valuable mentorship.

8 Effective Tips to Foster Workplace Relationships:

  1. Collaborate and Communicate: Enhance your ability to work and communicate effectively with colleagues.

  2. Understand Relationship Needs: Reflect on what you need from others and what they might need from you to build stronger connections.

  3. Dedicate Time for Relationships: Allocate part of your day for relationship-building activities, like lunch with a colleague or responding to social media connections.

  4. Show Appreciation: Express genuine gratitude when someone assists you, as everyone values being appreciated.

  5. Stay Positive: Maintain a positive attitude, as it's appealing and infectious, and avoids the drain of constant negativity.

  6. Set and Manage Boundaries: While friendships at work are valuable, ensure they do not negatively impact your professional responsibilities.

  7. Practice Active Listening: Show genuine interest in others by listening attentively to what they say, fostering deeper connections.

  8. Understand Your Emotions: Recognizing your own emotional states can help you better understand and respond to the emotional needs of others.

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