Do you have a best friend at work? This is one of the questions Gallup asks in its survey of traits of highly successful work groups. In light of our recent post on National Boss’s day, we might think that a boss has great influence, but Gallup has found that colleagues matter, too, in whether or not we decide to stay or leave a job.

While companies often pay significant attention to loyalty toward the organization, the best employers recognize that loyalty also exists among employees toward one another. All employees have “leaving moments” when they examine whether to leave or stay at an organization. The best managers in the world observe that the quality and depth of employees’ relationships is a critical component of employee loyalty.

This reminds me to be thankful for a few of my colleagues.  I am very blessed to have more than one colleague that cares about me and gives me helpful feedback on my performance.  These colleagues also spend time not only listening to me when I need to vent, but make sure I know the value I bring to our organization.  They give me perspective when I need it and compassion on a regular basis.

This week, I will let them know how much they mean to me and how grateful I am to have a friend at work.


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