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Benefits of positive work relationships

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Benefits of positive work relationships

Noemi Nagy

Work relationships play a key role in promoting employee flourishing as researchers from the USA revealed in a series of qualitative and quantitative studies. The authors studied positive work relationships, which serve a broad range of functions: task assistance (e.g. receiving help with a certain task), career advancement (e.g. being promoted), emotional support, personal growth, friendship, and the opportunity to give to others. Results revealed unique associations between different relationship functions and their outcomes: Task assistance was most strongly associated with meaningful work, personal growth was most strongly associated with life satisfaction, giving to others with meaningful work, and friendship with positive emotions at work.

Colbert, A., Bono, J., & Purvanova, R. (2015). Flourishing via workplace relationships: Moving beyond instrumental support. Academy of Management Journal, 59(4), 1199-1223.