No matter how much you like or dislike a company, it is your relationship with your co-workers that determines the entire experience. While many people have realized this before, no one has explored how much your co-workers can impact your job experience. U.S. workers claim that peer relationships are critical to a successful and happy job, commitment and creating milestone experiences for yourself.
In a study done by the fall 2014 Globoforce workforce mood tracker, the current attitudes and perspectives of U.S. employees about work friendships and how those peer relationships and peer recognition impact the work experience was examined. The results of this study show how important work relationships are and how companies can use this to improve years of service awards, get a higher percentage of employee commitment and engagement as well as improve their bottom line.
Here are a couple percentages of what was found.
- 89% of survey respondents say that work relationships are important to their quality of life
- 93% of survey respondents value the respect of work friends or colleagues
- 64% of employees who have 6-25 co-worker friends love their companies
- 24% of employees do not have friends at work
- 48% of employees who have 6-25 friends are highly engaged
In addition, it was shown that 28% of U.S. employees are more likely to feel appreciated if they work in companies where co-workers are included in their anniversary celebration. When peers and recognition are involved in the service anniversary experience, respondents are more than five times more likely to be emotionally moved.
All in all, if you do not have personal relationships with your co-workers, you will not enjoy your job as much and will ultimately not be as successful. Engaging yourself within your company is vital. On the other hand, if you own a company, engaging your employees is also vital. If you are going to be spending 40 hours of your week working, it is important to enjoy the company of the people you are constantly around.