‘Make money not friends’ might be a phrase that rapper live by but in an office environment, it’s not the best motto for success.
The office can be a gloomy place.
You’re stuck there for nine hours a day making money of The Man, with no good coffee and no natural day light.
If it wasn’t for your fellow inmates *ahem, I mean colleagues, ahem* you’d go round the bend.
They provide you with solace and laughter, and because you see them more than your family, you’re pretty tight.
And it turns out, having mates at work actually makes you more productive.
It doesn’t take that long to make good friends either – so you’re not actually eating into precious company time.
Fostering closeness and breaking down social and emotional barriers takes less than 45 minutes.
Being in an office environment cuts the need for small talk and concentrating on non-work-related chat allows people to open up about themselves faster than you would perhaps in other scenarios.
In fact, having a work husband or wife and seeing them on a daily basis is so good for your emotional health that it’s claimed it might increase your happiness to the same level as if you were earning $100,000 (£77,400) more each year.
So next time your boss tells you to quit your jibber jabber, just tell them that you’re trying to foster a more productive workspace by breaking down social barriers.
By catching up on the drama that happened after you’d left the pub last Friday.