Do you walk into work skipping every morning? Of course you don’t. You are not a Disney cartoon. But if you roll out of bed Monday through Friday and kinda, sorta don’t mind that you have eight hours of your job ahead of you, you might want to thank your coworkers: According to a new survey by Virgin Pulse, the Virgin Group’s employee-wellness software program, nearly 40 percent of employees say that their work colleagues are the top reason they love their jobs. What’s more, workers with an office best friend are seven times more likely to be engaged with their job.
The survey, titled “Labor of Love: What Employees Love About Work & Ways to Keep the Spark Alive,” included 1,000 workers in the United States and Canada. In addition to having their overall work happiness influenced by coworkers, more than half of those surveyed said that their strong relationships with colleagues lowered their stress levels, and two thirds said those relationships also made them more productive.
Other key considerations: 53 percent of participants said that “interesting and challenging” work is critical to loving the company they work for, and 38 percent said the company’s mission is the top draw. In other words, people like to work with nice people, they value being valued, and they want to believe in what they’re doing. Rocket science it ain’t, but it can’t hurt to confirm the hugely important role mutual respect and positive energy play in creating (or maintaining) a successful work environment.
Source: Glamour | Caitlin Moscatello