Being Too Busy for Friends Won’t Help Your Career

by Neal J. Roese

Friendship matters.

Everything we do to succeed in our careers is improved when we’re supported by a foundation of strong, stable friendships. Basic research tells us this is so, yet many who focus on their careers run the risk of losing touch with their closest social connections.

Psychologists define close friends as those nonrelatives whose birthdays we celebrate, with whom we discuss intimate matters such as work or marital stress, and whom we might call upon for help with a move or a medical emergency.

These people are critical for both our psychological and physical well-being. The number and strength of our friendships has long been a consistent predictor of ...

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