There’s a popular saying that you spend more time with your coworkers than you do with your family. Whether or not that’s literally true, having friends at work not only makes the days and weeks more enjoyable, it can also boost engagement and productivity.
When Gallup asked workers whether they agree with the statement, “I have a best friend at work”, they found that 63% of women who strongly agreed with the statement are also engaged professionally. On the other hand, only 29% of women who disagreed (meaning they don’t have a best friend at work), are engaged.Work friends are directly correlated to higher engagement and profits. Click To Tweet
And organizations where 6 in 10 employees agree that they have a best work friend see 7% more engaged customers and 12% higher profits. In that spirit, here are some of our favorite quotes that capture the feeling of work friendship:
“Make friends first, make sales second, make love third. In no particular order.” – Michael Scott, The Office
“You know my code: hoes before bros. Uteruses before dudereses. Ovaries before brovaries.” – Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
“You’re like the only person who’s ever gotten what I’m about.” – Nick, Freaks & Geeks
“A best friend isn’t a person, Danny. It’s a tier.” – Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
“Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship!” – Andy Bernard, The Office
“The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.” – Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation
“We are laughing. And we are very good friends. Good buddies sharing a special moment…Laughing and enjoying our friendship, and someday we’ll look back on this with much fondness.” – Ron Burgundy, Anchorman
“Turk: We agreed that’s how we’d raise our kids.
JD: Our kids? Turk, we’re not married.
Turk: Dude, we’re a little married.
JD: I know. I love it.”
-Turk and JD, Scrubs
“The dictionary defines superlative as: Of the highest kind, quality, or order, surpassing all else, or others. Supreme…I define it as Dwight Schrute. As a sales executive, as a leader, as a man, and as a friend, he is of the highest kind, quality, and order. Supreme.” – Dwight Schrute (reading a letter from Michael Scott), The Office
“I’ve literally been here for two hours and I haven’t spoken to anybody. I’m so happy to see you, I could murder you.” – Shoshanna, Girls
“You are my best friend! Don’t you ever call anybody else that!” – Ilana, Broad City
“Rory: My god, I hate her.
Lorelai: Me too.
Rory: You’ve no idea who I’m talking about.
Lorelai: Solidarity, sister.”
-Rory and Lorelai, Gilmore Girls
“Derek is the love of my life, but you’re my soulmate.” – Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
“We need to remember what’s most important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” – Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
“The people you work with are just, when you get down to it, your very best friends.” – Michael Scott, The Office
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