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If you thought Millennials are the most social group of employees in the workplace, think again.

New research from O.C. Tanner revealed that it is, in fact, executives are the highest percentage of employees who have a work best friend.

This, the researchers say, is evidence that “there are additional benefits to moving up the ranks beyond just higher pay.”

The study, which was part of O.C. Tanner’s annual global health and well-being survey, polled more than 2,300 working professionals from around the world (United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany) to explore employee well-being and its impact on productivity and ROI.

It found 78% of executives have a best friend in the office.

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Vice-presidents followed the list at 71%, followed by directors at 55%.

Millennials were the third in the list, coming up at 50%.

Reiterating the importance of making friends at work, the study found that having work buddies enables employees feel more satisfied with their jobs, more appreciated at work, and more involved and engaged.

In fact, the study found 75% of employees who have a best friend at work say they feel they’re able to take anything on, compared to 58% of those who don’t have a best friend at work.

“The 2015 Health and Well-Being Study shows that employees who are holistically well deliver a difference for their teams and departments. In fact, as employee well-being increases, its positive effects resonate throughout the organization and teams become more productive, more collaborative, and prepared to innovate,” O.C. Tanner wrote in a blog post.


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