Innovation and Culture Bulletin: Friendship and Productivity
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
– Albert Camus
We spend more time at work than anywhere else. According to The American Time Use survey, employees in the US spend an average of 8.7 hours in work related activities with only 2.5 on leisure and sport. Some of us choose to compartmentalize the personal and the professional when at work. A growing body of research however, shows that far more than financial incentives, friendship at work results in greater job satisfaction. It creates a more relaxed environment in which colleagues can support each other, feel comfortable to challenge each other and to innovate.
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