Are You Thankful for Your Friends at Work?

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, some professionals are getting by with a little help from their friends … at work. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of workers said that aside from salary, they’re most thankful for friendly colleagues. This beat out other factors such as a good benefits program, an easy commute, challenging assignments and a supportive manager.

Why do people appreciate having friends at work? Having coworkers that you get along with can be more important than you might realize. Most of us spend more time at work with colleagues than we do with our loved ones and friends, so it's no wonder that individuals are thankful for office buddies.

Imagine waking up every morning and driving to work knowing that you'll have to talk to people you don't like. The horror! And the day seems to go by a little faster when you aren't secretly giving the stink eye to Bob down the hall. Things just go a lot smoother when you're not at odds with the people you work with. Basically, no one really wants to end up on that show "White Collar Brawlers."

I'm not saying you need to be BFFs with your coworkers, but a little bit of socializing can do a lot of good. Try to make it a point to participate in team lunches and birthday celebrations. If your company is planning a holiday party or other seasonal activities, don't be the Grinch who skips out. Even simply grabbing coffee with coworkers and asking them how their weekend was could offer a nice break in the day and make working together a little more pleasant.

How important do you think it is to have friends at work? Are you thankful for your friendly coworkers? Weigh in by commenting below!