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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Relationships are top for feel good factor at work, survey reveals

Getting on well with the people you work with is the most fulfilling part of a job, according to a survey published by Samaritans and Simplyhealth.

A poll of more than 1,400 workers has shown that 42 per cent of workers felt that positive relationships helped them to feel good at work, compared with a mere 14 per cent for hitting their targets.

Findings revealed that workers found having a good work / life balance was the second (40 per cent) most common reason for feeling good at work followed by receiving praise (26 per cent) and earning the trust (16 per cent) of their boss.

The release of the survey coincides with Feel Good Friday (1 February), Samaritans' annual fundraising day. Sponsored by healthcare provider Simplyhealth for the second consecutive year, the day aims to get companies to take part in 'feel good' themed fundraisers, in return for a donation to Samaritans, the helpline charity for people struggling to cope.

Rachel Kirby Rider, Samaritans' director for fundraising and communications, said: "Samaritans understands how interacting with people is really important and so it is interesting to see that having positive relationships  tops the poll of making people feel good at work.  Our survey results demonstrate how looking out for each other's wellbeing and having a good work / life balance is essential.

"Feel Good Friday is the perfect opportunity to take a little time out to have fun with your colleagues whilst raising vital funds to help Samaritans answer more calls from people going through a tough time."

Mark Day, spokesperson for Simplyhealth, added: "Positive working relationships and feeling good while at work are really important when looking at overall employee health and wellbeing. Organisations with healthy, happy employees can find they see improvements in productivity and results.

"This is the second year that we have been involved in Feel Good Friday. The day is all about doing something fun and that makes you feel good.  This year comedy is the main focus and we hope that everyone gets involved by organising their own event, to help to raise money for a great cause."

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