4 ways companies encourage co-worker friendships

If your employees don’t have buddies at work, they’ll be less engaged and productive. Here’s what you can do to foster productive co-worker relationships.

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People spend just as much—if not more—time with their co-workers as they do with their own families. It’s no wonder some out-of-office time might result in a little #FOMO, or fear of missing out.

In fact, an average of 45 percent of respondents miss their co-workers or aspects of their job in some capacity while out of the office, according to an Indeed survey of 500 employed professionals conducted in August.

That’s not such a bad thing, considering employees with friends at work are 47 percent more likely to like their companies, says Globoforce’s Fall 2014 Mood Tracker Report.

Managers looking to improve retention and company loyalty should look at employee friendships around the office and what’s helping co-workers to connect. Without positive employee relationships as a company foundation, other engagement and retention initiatives might not take hold.

Here are some ways to build a culture that inspires office friendships. After all, employees who get along together, work well together:

1. Enable peer feedback.

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