In a survey commissioned by Gallop of what makes a great workplace, having a best friend at work came in at number 10 in the top 12!
I have always smiled at this as this was a survey of 80,000 managers, and management can be very lonely. I don’t have a gender breakdown for it but I know when I’m running my women’s courses that women are happy to admit to this fact. For senior women it can be extremely isolating as often there are fewer women in similar positions and they can find themselves carrying the flag for all women’s issues in an organisation.
I think women in particular may value friendships at work because of our unique responses to stress. Although we also have the surge of adrenalin that prepares us to run away or stand and fight, we also have a third coping mechanism when feeling under stress. Women release oxytocin, the ‘love hormone’ which is released after childbirth to promote bonding.
Women Need Friends
It seems women may have an actual physiological need for friendship. As workplaces can be very stressful places is it any wonder that friendships score highly!
Try and take a few moments out of your busy day to consider the following:
- Do you have a best friend at work?
- How important are your friendships to you in managing the stresses and strains of life?
- Are you paying enough attention to your friendships?
And please do share your answers with us!
Posted on December 8th, 2010 by Jane