A buddy at work can do wonders

A buddy at work can do wonders

SINGAPORE - Given the politics, competition and back-stabbing that can be found in most workplaces, you would think the office is probably the last place to find a best friend.

It's where you work, after all, and not bond. Friendships can lead to jealousy. They can lead to trouble. They can certainly wait.

But consider how many of your waking hours you spend at work and it may be hard to keep some workplace relationships strictly business.

And a buddy at work can do wonders. If you have a best friend at the coalface, you will likely enjoy going to work and be happier there. Camaraderie does help to improve morale.

"From a practitioner perspective, one should encourage relationships beyond just business," says Mr Adrian Tan, managing director of RecruitPlus Consulting.

Employees will become more engaged at work through bonding with others on a personal basis, he adds.

Indeed, cooperation and collaboration will yield the best results for an organisation and, therefore, the individuals in it, says Dr Elizabeth Nair, principal psychologist and chief executive of Work and Health Psychologists.

"Best friends in the workplace would have the added advantage of trusting each other, liking each other, and are therefore more likely to go the extra mile to help each other out when the work so requires," she says.

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