Do you love your co-workers?

To retain millennial employees, employers will first have to focus on the unique things that motivate them.

While a more typical question for people to ask you (or for you to ask yourself) would have been “Do you love your job?”, recent research reveals that the relationship you share with your co-workers can actually determine whether or not you love your job. We spend the better part of our days (for the better part of our lives!) at work, and most jobs require us to interact a fair bit with other people. Who these people are and the rapport you share with them will—to a large extent–define your outlook towards your job.

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When considering job options, it’s important for you to get to know the kind of people who work at the company in question. You should also get a sense of the company’s work culture. Is the work environment friendly and informal? Does the company seem to encourage close friendships between co-workers? These are important factors that you could potentially help you make a decision between two job offers.

Building and sustaining good friendships at work could help enhance your performance greatly. And what could be better than waking up every morning and looking forward to your day at work?

Here are a few ways to make the ‘love your co-workers’ a real thing.

-Don’t spend the entire day at your desk. Spend your lunch break with your co-workers.

-Make plans outside of work. Occasionally, you could consider spending time with your co-workers by doing things that you both enjoy doing.

-Have meaningful conversations. Talk to your co-workers about things that matter to you about your work and even otherwise. Be a patient listener when your co-workers talk.

-Appreciate diversity. The workspace is where different kinds of people come together to perform different tasks. Appreciate the fact that people have varied strengths and interests and enable an environment of mutual respect.

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As per the research conducted by Gallup, employees who have a best friend at work are likely to be more productive, which in turn benefits organisations as well.


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