A new study looking into the happiness of people at work has found 52% of Britons think their co-workers are their closest friends. It was also found their friendship is because they spend the most amount of time with them. Britons also think it takes a year to establish a friendship with a colleague.
The team behind www.hampers.com conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into happiness in the workplace. More than 2,200 UK-based adults in full-time employment took part in the research, finding that it takes on average 8 months for a colleague to become a close friend, with more than half fortunate enough to have a close friend in the workplace.
It was initially found that, while 87% of respondents are close enough to some of their co-workers to consider them friends, 52% consider one or more of their co-workers to be their closest friend/s. The top reasons they felt this to be the case were revealed to be:
1. I spend the most time with them – 63%
2. We tell each other everything – 53%
3. I enjoy spending time with them, in and outside of work – 47%
4. We’re always texting/messaging – 38%
5. I feel they truly care about me – 23%
Of those who spend time together outside of the workplace, 58% have introduced their workplace best friend to their partner, 40% have introduced them to their other friends and 35% have introduced them to their family.
Asked how long they felt it takes to establish a good friendship with colleague, to the point of classing them as a truly close friend, the average length of time to transition from colleague to good friend was found to be 8 months when working together closely day-in, day-out, and 14 months when not working together closely.
Of the respondents who said that their co-workers know the most about them, 65% admit they share more with their work friends than their friends outside of the workplace. The most common reason for this was down to seeing them five days a week and thoughts and feelings not slipping through the net.
It was finally found that 83% of respondents think their relationships with people in the workplace contributes to their overall happiness at work and is a contributing factor to them staying loyal to a company.
Patrick Gore, Managing Director of www.hampers.com, commented:
“We can easily spend upwards of 35 hours a week with the same group of people, so it’s great to hear that some of those workplace friendships extend past the workplace. Not only does it make going to work five days a week more enjoyable, but it also provides entertainment and gives people a confidante in the workplace where they can share their thoughts, feelings and more.”