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Your friends at work? Yeah, they are making you more productive

Gallup says that 2 in 10 of us have a “best friend” at work. They also say that organizations that promote these kinds of personal connections can increase profit and lower the number of safety incidents. But even if your best friend is not someone you work with, the research shows that workplace friends, in general, make you more productive. Seems counterintuitive, right? “Well, we can’t just gab all day long!” Yes, of course. But there is something magical about working closely with people you like, trust, and respect. It changes how you approach and do your work. So I would encourage you, as leaders, to do the counterintuitive and help foster the conditions that lead to these personal connections. How can you increase connection?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on April 1, 2019

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