Valentine’s Day inspired me to have a think about the relationships we often form at work.

While sometimes, as Barnaby Joyce has discovered, these relationships can get you into trouble, for the most part there are genuine benefits that come from connecting with the people you work with.

The workplace can provide friendships, networking relationships and even personal, romantic, relationships.

Case in point, my husband and I met at work and as they say, 23 years later, the rest is history.

Gallup data supports the need for us as humans to align ourselves in engaged relationships at work to support team and company loyalty.

The Gallup report showed that when people “have a best friend at work”, they are:

  • 37% more likely to report that someone at work encourages their development.
  • 35% more likely to report co-worker commitment to quality.
  • 28% more likely to report that in the last six months, someone at work has talked to them about their progress.
  • 27% more likely to report that the mission of their company makes them feel their job is important

Having someone that you can turn to in your work environment, be it a best friend at work, an external coach or a mentor, is important in times of stress and challenge.

My guru continues to be the man that I met 23 years ago, and he is my first point of contact when I’m having a crisis of confidence or in a stressful situation.

His wise words calm me and centre my focus.

Who is your “best friend” or “guru” that helps you?