Why we Need Best Friends at Work
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” — Muhammad Ali.
We all need Friendships; they are critical to our personal happiness and well-being and are an essential key to having a long and successful career. For example, did you know that the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime (1). So it goes without saying that your job and those within it significantly impact your life and its quality.
At Crescent, we understand that having a friend at work is vital to our People’s overall mental health, relatedness and success. Therefore, we continue to build a motivated and engaged community through whole-person well-being activities, onboarding, and mentorship programs to possess a deep sense of affiliation within their team, our company, and our purpose.
“Our status, our relative importance to others is a direct link to how motivated someone will be. People are social in nature, and at Crescent, we dial this in by building a culture of friendship and inclusion from the first day.”
The bottom line, friends, are good for our health. Friends help us celebrate good times and provide support during bad times; friendships at work prevent isolation and loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic (2), friendships also:
Increases our sense of belonging and purpose
Boost happiness and reduces stress
Improves your self-confidence and self-worth
Helps People cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, or the death of a loved one
As well as encourages changes or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
People with strong social connections also have a reduced risk of significant health problems, including depression and high blood pressure, supporting our whole-person well-being model.
Our culture at Crescent is something we do not take for granted, but we don’t just take our word for it. Here is a short video clip of our Crescent People in their words explaining hy having a best friend at work is essential to them and why.