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Research Says Liking Your Officemates Helps Prevent Burnout

Do you like the people you work with?
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One of the things people often forget to consider when applying for work is the culture of the company they’re eyeing. People think about the job interview, the compensation, and even the commute, but not so much about whether or not they’ll like their coworkers or the boss’s management style. And this might not be a huge problem for people who luck out with a great team, but what if you end up with people you don’t like?!

The journal Personality and Social Psychology Review recently published their findings on the association of higher social identification and better health.

They looked through 58 studies that covered 19,000 people from all over the world and found that “how strongly we identify with the people or organization where we work is associated with lower burnout.” The psychologists studied employees from different industries so the findings are universal.

This isn’t to say that you should quit your job just because there’s an office nag you can’t shrug off. There just needs to be equal importance placed on the sense of “us,” and health and wellness, as there is on performance and motivation.

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Lead researcher Dr. Niklas Steffens from the University of Queensland, Australia says, “One important area where we need to do much more work is making use of this research in applied settings. Leaders play a key role in shaping a sense of group identity in the workplace, and this is important not only for team performance but also for the mental and physical health of employees.”

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So… Do you like the people you work with?

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