No one tells you this, but being able to make friends at work is one of the essential parts of any job description. It helps you ensure the longevity of an employee in the organisation. It also helps you contribute to the overall employee experience. Having friends at work in today’s time helps even more. In a crisis like this one, organisations need to nurture the culture of friendships and family.
Ever since the country has gone under lockdown, the employees who are highly engaged sympathetically towards each other have been the ones to have deeper and more meaningful relationships. These are not just relationships of convenience but those of genuine care.
Having good friends at work doesn’t just boost confidence and reduce stress but also results in increased work satisfaction, productivity and loyalty towards the organisation. Remaining lonely at work affects the health and happiness of an employee both at personal and professional fronts.
While a lot of work friends have been struggling to maintain work friendship and balance between the pandemic and managing work, there are few friendships that have grown stronger by the day. This is because these friendships have been strong enough to motivate each other through thick and thin. These moments of support for each other help work friends enjoy their work-life and reduce stress tremendously. Being able to share professional updates and personal givings and misgivings make it easier to enjoy life a tad bit more.
Thus, social distancing has been able to bring people together instead of being extremely competitive in their approach to work. People have, in fact, started to collaborate and help each other achieve organisational goals and personal goals as well.