Maybe you’ve joked about having a work spouse before. It turns out that a lot of people have them — more than 40% of men and 50% of women, according to a recent survey! These workplace relationships can be extremely beneficial to your personal and professional development.
Many women find that having a “work wife” helps them better respond to the challenges that arise in corporate environments that are often dominated by men. Here’s how:
Increases productivity and engagement
People who have best friends at work tend to be seven times more engaged than those who don’t, according to a Gallup poll. A “work wife” can help you manage stress, encourage you to take risks when you’re on the fence about something, and just be there when you need to vent.
In general, social teams are happier and 12% more productive, on average, than isolated teams. Additionally, those with at least one friend at work are more likely to reject an outside job offer.
About the Author:
Meredith Wood is the Vice President of Marketing at Fundera. She is frequently sought out for her expertise in small business lending and frequently contributes to SBA, SCORE, Yahoo, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, American Banker, Small Business Trends, MyCorporation, Small Biz Daily, and StartupNation.
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