Do You Have A Best Friend At Work?

By Morag Barrett on January 22, 2012

Posted by Morag Barrett | January 22, 2012Do You Have A Best Friend At Work?I went out to dinner with some girlfriends last night.  As I was driving home I was thinking about the stories we had shared, the highs, lows and challenges both in and out of work that we were facing.  I was also aware of the renewed confidence and strength that the ability to share openly with each other had left us with.Research from the The Gallup Organization identified 12 questions that if employees can answer agree or strongly agree to, have an impact on an organizations success. One of these questions is whether or not you have a best friend at work.  Tom Rath from Gallup and author of  ‘Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford to Live Without’   says“that people who have a “best friend” at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their work.  They may have fewer accidents, they have more engaged customers and are more likely to innovate and share new ideas”.  Think about it.  You spend hours at work each day.  Do you have someone that you can rely on?  To vent at and know it will go no further?  To share the successes with? Who listens to your concerns and challenges and then helps you to find your answers and next steps?  Who acts as a sounding board for your ideas?  Who will take you to one side and give you the difficult messages and feedback that are designed to improve your success?In Skye Team’ program Cultivating Winning Relationships™ we provide a language and framework for assessing the quality of your working relationships.  We discuss the impact of having an Ally (a best friend) and tactics to cultivate winning relationships that ensure MUTUAL success.The goal is to create at least one relationship, based on trust that enables you, and the other person, to thrive.  Knowing that you have that support, letting the other person know that they have your support is hugely powerful.  I would encourage you to think about who you can be for others and who that person could be for you and the ACTIVELY work on building that relationship.  Ally relationships don’t just happen by accident.To my best friends, in and out of work, thank youRelated ArticlesTags »leadership development denverleadership training coloradoteam building coloradoteam building denverTrust Share
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