Meredith Grey and Christina Yang, Liz Lemon and Jenna Maroney, Leslie Knope and April Ludgate —what do all these famous pairings have in common? They met, and bonded, at work. There’s a reason these sitcoms all chose to explore the dynamic of workplace friendships: the bond between colleagues often blossoms into a very real friendship.
Somewhere between shared lunches and water cooler conversations you learn about their life, aspirations, and what makes them tic. You encourage each other, build each other up, and will always send them funny videos to get them through a Thursday that feels more like a Monday.
The benefits of workplace friendships span much more than just having someone to sit next to through a meeting that could have been an email. Having a friend at work, or a “work wife,” has been proven to help foster a feeling of collaboration, lead to a more productive and inclusive workplace, and manage stress—and that’s just a few of the perks of having a bestie at work.
Check out the infographic below to learn the reasons having a work wife is essential not only for your own sanity, but for your career. Make sure to see the tips on how to find one of your own!
This infographic was created with love by Fundera