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We mark the International Day of Friendship with a reminder of the importance of friendships in our lives, both personally and professionally.

Friendships and close working relationships in the workplace are not only important for both our physical and mental health, but they also provide great opportunities for personal growth and development through social learning.

Hands of friendship

The benefits that can be gained from a social learning culture through friendship in the workplace include:

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It is easier to accept feedback from someone we trust because we know that they have our best interests at heart.


Good friends and colleagues challenge us – they challenge our thinking and help us to see things from different perspectives. This can help us to grow and to become better at what we do.


Friends are not afraid to share new ideas and discuss them objectively. They may sometimes disagree with our ideas, but they will do so in a constructive way that helps us to refine them.


When people feel comfortable working together, they are more likely to share their ideas and to listen to the ideas of others.