Due to the great deal of time co-workers spend together, approximately 50 hours each week, friendships start to emerge through their shared experiences, and their desire for a built-in support system.
Workplace friendships are influenced by individual and contextual factors such as life events, organizational socialization, shared tasks, physical proximity, and work problems.
One benefit of multiplex relationships is that each party receives support in and out of the workplace.
These friendships also make the involved parties feel secure and involved in their environment.
These connections are multifaceted, can exist in and out of the organization, and be both positive and negative.
One such detriment lies in the nonexistence of workplace relationships, which can lead to feelings of loneliness and social isolation.