Why everyone should have an office sidekick

While it is undeniable that teleworking has some advantages – such as spending the day in pajamas in front of the computer – it may also have made some employees nostalgic for the joys of open space, and above all, coffee breaks with their favorite colleague. . Thus, during the confinements, a plethora of human resources specialists encouraged workers to maintain as many links as possible – even if they were virtual – with their office colleagues, because these relations contributed to the well-being of employees.

This time, it’s fast company which confirms that friendship at work is indeed beneficial. The media first explains that it tried to understand how workers on the “front line” – those in the field of health or education – had held up throughout the pandemic despite the difficulties inherent in their profession. One of the main reasons given? Their coworkers.

“I can’t tell you how much I relied on my friends throughout this period”says a nurse at a Boston-area hospital. “The days were long, the work was complicated, but behind the protective suits I found the eyes of my friends and I knew that everything would be fine.”

If the idea of ​​psychological and emotional support between frontline workers during a pandemic seems logical, what about employees in other areas? According to Fast Company, it works the same way: each person needs “to feel listened to, to be able to joke, and to be supported”.

This is where your office sidekick – “work BFF” in English – comes into play. This friend would allow you both to “stimulate your creativity, better accept changes and other challenges”but also and above all to help you reduce your stress, and therefore, more generally to reduce the risk of burn-out, comments the media.

A relationship that also benefits the company

Fast Company also quotes a study by the Gallup Institute in 2018 which reveals that “the quality of relationships at work is one of the key considerations when employees have moments that can inspire them to move on to other professional opportunities”. A good atmosphere and strong ties would therefore delay the departure of certain employees.

The survey also reveals that if 60% of employees had a sidekick, productivity within the company would be increased. Moreover, “accidents at work would decrease by 36%, customer engagement rises[rait] then at 7%, and the profits increase[raient] of 12%”.

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So the next time your boss asks you to stop giggling behind your computer with your favorite co-worker, just tell him it’s for the good of the company.

Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.

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