Most employees spend as much time with their co-workers as they do with their families, so it’s no surprise that nearly 60% of them admit they have participated in an office romance.
Even more say a colleague doubles as a friend.
And while vigilant HR pros might bristle at the notion of “work friends” and office romances because of the potential for gossip, favoritism and sexual harassment, cubicle camaraderie can be awfully good for morale—and, it turns out, the bottom line.
Two-thirds of employees report that having friends at work makes their jobs more fun, and 55% say it makes their work feel more worthwhile and satisfying, according to a report by the Randstad staffing and recruiting agency.
A University of Kentucky study concluded that office friendship serves as an antidote to low job satisfaction and a lack of engagement because it creates the feeling that the friends are “in it together,” even when things aren’t goi...(register to read more)