Strong Work Friendships Increase Productivity

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6 July 2017

A recent workplace study by TotalJobs which features responses from over 4,000 employees and 103 employers, has found that 65% of UK workers are finding 'work spouses' in the office - one particular to whom they are very close. 

Over half of employers said strong work friendships increase productivity. 70 per cent of employers also said "it's healthy for employees to have someone they bond with and confide in.” It is also clear many UK employees treasure their relationship with their work spouse, with 60 per cent of work spouses saying their relationship means 'they look forward to going into work', which can help improve staff retention.

Ford & Stanley Group

With a collective mission to become a “Recruiter of Choice” for candidates, clients and of course, prospective employees, Ford & Stanley encourages close-working relationships, regularly organises company outings and supports a healthy mental well-being by offering its GENIUS programme to employees.

The study also showed that work socials are encouraged by employers with three-quarters of employers organising social events outside of work. A massive 89 per cent of employers provide coffee and tea facilities, while 67 per cent provide a kitchen with a sitting area and 47 per cent provide breakout areas to encourage more conversation.

Performance & Development Manager, Angela Bell commented on the research “In late 2016, we introduced a ‘break-out’ area for employees which includes a pool table, table tennis, dart board with comfortable seating areas. It is an area that has certainly brought people together. It actively encourages people from all areas of the business to come together on a level platform, and challenge one another to a game of pool or table tennis. It is a pleasure to see everyone enjoying the space.”

Ford & Stanley are hosting an Open Day for those interested in joining our business to progress a career within recruitment (experience is not essential). Interested? Please contact Hannah Dimond on 01332 344 443 or email

Extract and study findings taken from Global Recruiter original article.


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