Workplace friendships may improve your happiness, health, and success

Connections matter, and not just for career advancement. Relationships, whether deep or superficial, correlate with increased happiness and wellbeing. With the rise of remote and hybrid work practices, you may find it more challenging to see your favorite colleagues or develop new friendships. If this rings true for you, you’re not alone! Tracy Brower’s recent Forbes article reports results from a survey by BetterUp:

“Fully 69% of people are unsatisfied with their social collections at work, and 43% of people don’t feel a sense of connection with their colleagues. Sadly, 38% say they don’t trust their coworkers, and 22% don’t have even one friend at work. In addition, 50% of people want more social connections at work, and would even give up salary or career advancement to have stronger ties with others.”

If this sounds dispiriting, take heart! The flip side is quite encouraging. People who have strong work relationships report double the rate of personal and professional growth than those who don’t, along with less anxiety, burnout, and stress. Trust and authenticity are fundamental, and workplace friendships can last a lifetime, even as people move on to new jobs and opportunities. Bottom line: the people you work with can be an important part of a vibrant, dynamic network if you invest the time and energy to cultivate it.

Want to meet cool, interesting people doing cool, interesting things? The Mule network of students and alumni is renowned for their loyalty and determination to pay it forward. Even better, DavisConnects has put together useful resources to help you expand your network.

By Damon Yarnell
Damon Yarnell Dean of Student and Global Advancement