Our experience at work will always have an impact on our mental health, either in a positive or negative way, and to lesser or greater extents. The relationship is indisputable. Yet, it is difficult to draw direct causation between the two. Is it even our job that is causing harm to our mental health or is it something else in our environment? Are some jobs worse than others for our mental health? If so, what makes them so bad? Do only specific workplace factors have an effect while the others are irrelevant?
Having friends at work makes a huge difference in your overall workplace happiness, engagement, and stress levels. In recent years, people are developing social connections less and less than in the past. Because we are able to keep in touch with our friends from outside of work so easily through social media, and due to productivity and efficiency expectations, our focus on workplace friendships has decreased as a society. While your work friend certainly doesn't have to be as close as friends you have outside of work, feeling cordial, supported, and connected to individuals in the workplace has many positive impacts on productivity, mental health and longevity in a role.