More Than Half Of People Say Co-Workers Are Their Closest Friends

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 11 Sep 2020 09:41
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It has got to be said there’s a lot of perks that come with working from home. No commute, no expensive public transport, but bonus lunch time naps.

However, for many of us, the number one thing we’re missing is getting to spend time with our colleagues.


In fact, more than half of people have said their co-workers are their closest friends, which really makes not seeing them everyday feel like a slap in the face.

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It’s unsurprising that so many people form such strong bonds with colleagues; you spend around eight hours a day with them, have shared goals and probably the same enemy (usually the boss, or an annoying manager) and after work pints are the place where even the most private of co-workers spill their deepest, darkest secrets.

According  to Hampers, 52% of Brits would consider one or more of their colleagues as their closest mates.


The team spoke to more than 2,200 UK-based adults in full-time employment for their research, and found that it takes an average of eight months for a colleague to become a BFF, on the basis of working together day-in, day-out.

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Those Zoom calls really aren’t going to cut it, hey?

Just less than half (42%) of people said they socialise with their colleagues outside of work and four fifths feel that having a best friend at work contributes to their overall happiness within their job role.


Shout out to all my office homies; I miss you.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: Life, Now, Work


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    Over Half Of Brits Consider Their Co-Workers To Be Their Closest Friends, Study Finds