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Best Friends At Work?


The colleagues a person spends each day with are more important than their managers, according to this recent research. Whenever I show people the standard Gallup-type surveys that measure employee engagement, many often chuckle at the question asking if they have a best friend at work. I did too but they ask because there is a causative connection to getting engaged with your work, and certainly the lack thereof, or the opposite thereof, drives disengagement. If you think your day at work sucks and drags because you’re lonely, wait until you’re surrounded by jerks.

“This puts a premium on stronger employee-to-employee relationships.  HR and team leaders must prioritise the recruiting of talent that is collaborative and team-oriented.”

In New Zealand, Fonterra’s internal research found that the number one driver of their employee engagement was the behaviour of colleagues – what everyone else is doing around here…

I’m tantalisingly close to getting a deal done for the publishing of my 3rd book about adding 10 quality years to your life. Along with the usual advice on quitting smoking, eating better, exercise and so forth, it seems that one of the most powerful tools for living longer and better is not being a jerk. Strong social connectivity promotes all sorts of things that makes us healthier and happier. Part of that is success at whatever we do for a living. And social skills help that immensely.

I’m sure you can think of a millionaire jerk or a jerk who lived to 100 but they’re exceptions and who knows how much better they may have done with less jerkishness? One frosty morning does not negate the evidence of overall global warming. To believe so would make you, well, a jerk.

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