BF1The benefits of creating a collaborative atmosphere in the workplace have being explored by many. Indeed, different research studies point to a link between friendly office environments and increased levels of productivity. Friends in the Workplace survey by Wildgoose is the latest addition to the collected studies. The company was eager to find out what motivates workers and how to encourage increased work rate. It surveyed employees at 120 businesses across the UK with interesting results.

The survey revealed that more than six in ten workers value happiness over salary, indicating that the office environment plays a role in not only attracting talent but retaining the best employees too. Even those motivated by salary valued workplace relationships saying that a setting that allows friendships to flourish could provide invaluable benefits for businesses. Some 57% of respondents said having a best friend in the office made their time at work more enjoyable, while almost a third stated they were more productive. And over one in five said it boosted their creativity.


The survey also highlighted the differences in attitudes across various demographics. For example, women were far more likely to prioritise happiness, with eight in ten placing it above salary, compared to just 55% of males.

But, the job level of an employee also played a significant role. For 85% of managers, salary was deemed more important, while 70% of entry-level, interns, and executives chose happiness.

Not surprisingly, the research highlighted that identifying the drivers of employee motivation could significantly help boost employee engagement and staff retention. Mandy Chase at Wildgoose, says that the results of the survey highlight just how important the office mood is in daily operations. But, it also indicates that some managers could be missing a trick. “The benefits of creating an environment where colleagues are friends far outweighs the effort involved. 11% of those surveyed stated they currently don’t have a best friend at work, but would like one. Managers who work to help foster these friendships, stand to benefit as their employees are likely to be more productive and creative as a result.”