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Why You Need Friends At Work

Apparently, the feel-good and famous song “That’s What Friends Are For” can also apply to the workplace – that is, if you let it. From casual settings to professional ones, the positive impact of having friends at work cannot be overlooked.

A blog post on The Muse features a colorful and insightful infographic that shows how having friends at work is one benefit one should not pass up. Here are a few highlights:

· 70% of employees say friends at work is the most crucial element to a happy working life.

· 58% of men would refuse a higher paying job if it meant not getting along with coworkers.

· 50% of employees with a best friend at work reported that they feel a strong connection with their company.

Is anything stopping you from nurturing tried and true friendships at work? Going beyond the borders of your social media accounts and cubicles today can be a start. Smile and make small talk at the pantry. Perhaps share stories about the movie you watched last weekend. Maybe even get a group together for lunch.

Filipinos are quite a friendly bunch, so becoming good friends with those you share an office with won't be too difficult. There are countless ways to forge connections at work -- and make you a better worker in the process.

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