Having someone to grab morning coffees with, bounce ideas off of and, most importantly, whinge about your boyfriend/flatmates/boss/parents/cat to is essential in any workplace, but did you know that having work pals can also make you more successful?
According to a recent Harvard study, which assessed employees at an insurance company, having work BFFs “significantly increased employees’ performance, as judged by their supervisor.”
Researchers discovered that employees were more likely to seek work advice from people they felt comfortable outside of the office.
And if those friends worked in different departments, people were more likely to receive informal intel that they wouldn’t otherwise get.
Work wives are actually thought to be so beneficial that they increase your office happiness levels as much as a $100,000 pay rise would.
The study did note that having office besties tends to have a bit of a negative effect when it comes to productivity and time management.
But, really, who can really put a time stamp how long you should be given to talk through a life crisis?!
This article previously appeared on marie claire.