New research has found that goodwill gestures go a long way towards building strong and positive relationships with co-workers.

According to CV-Library, the vast majority – 68.9 per cent – of workers based in the UK believe that they are heavily motivated by goodwill gestures from their colleagues, with 84.2 per cent saying that they would return the favour, helping to motivate other workers.

The research found that 91.9 per cent of the 1,100 UK workers quizzed for the survey, believed that gestures including work place support and making a cup of tea or coffee for a colleague helped to forge and build relationships with co-workers. Other goodwill gestures cited by those surveyed included being recognised and complimented for their work – 32.7 per cent – and being given constructive feedback on their work – 28.2 per cent.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: "Whether it’s lending a helping hand, offering a shoulder to cry on or simply making a colleague a cup of tea; these acts of goodwill can go some way to making an employee feel happier and more confident about tackling their day-to-day workload.

"Encouraging this culture in your workplace can help to boost morale, improve staff wellbeing and ultimately, help with overall productivity. As we’re now entering the festive season, it’s a great time to think about what more you could be doing for your employees and the best practice attitude and behaviours that you should be promoting."

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