New research from Jobs.ie shows employees are more productive in work when they share a good relationship with their colleagues. 

Employees have admitted that holding good relationships with colleagues has a massive impact of their productivity in the workplace.

According to the research, which was carried out by Jobs.ie, 55pc of workers claim they feel more productive at work when they work with friends.

Based on a sample size of 2,770 employees, the research suggests many employers are overlooking the value of workplace friendships to their business, with 79pc of workers stating they would like to see their employer do more to encourage workplace friendships.

“Strong workplace connections equal greater productivity, less tension, a more collaborative working culture, and greater staff retention”

Christopher Paye, general manager of Jobs.ie said, “Most of us have experienced working in both happy and less-than-happy workplace environments. By extension, we recognise the value of friendship and camaraderie in a high-functioning and happy workplace.

“Strong workplace connections equal greater productivity, less tension, a more collaborative working culture, and greater staff retention. The latter has taken on renewed importance in recent years given the current competition for talent.”

Those surveyed outlined a number of practical steps they would like to see introduced by their employer to strengthen relationships between colleagues.

Regular work nights out was one of the most common requests with 69pc of those surveyed saying they would like more social nights, with 28% asking for the creation of a social and wellness committee.

“Sometimes it can be as simple as putting some money behind the bar on a Friday evening”

“The good news for employers is that this doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes it can be as simple as putting some money behind the bar on a Friday evening or marking a business win or the completion of a project by going for an after-work drink,” added Mr Paye. 

“It doesn’t have to centre around alcohol or nights out, either.  More and more businesses have internal social and wellness committees that regularly organise lunchtime walking clubs or summer tag rugby teams. As the majority of employees would like to see regular, organised work nights out or social events, employers can demonstrate the importance of employee wellbeing within the workplace by facilitating these opportunities,” finished Mr Paye.

By Stephen Larkin

8 July, 2019

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