Senior living operators looking to increase job satisfaction among employees should encourage workers to form friendships with colleagues and residents, suggests research from Holleran.

Employees who said they strongly agreed with the statement “I have friends at work” in a recent survey by the community engagement research and consulting firm were more than twice as likely to say they are highly satisfied with their jobs (62%) compared with employees who said they disagreed with the statement (28%), according to Holleran.

The good news, according to the firm, is that 80% of senior living employees strongly agree or agree that they have friends at work.

More good news, Holleran said, is that two-thirds of women say that the social aspect of work is a major reason that they work, according to a Gallup poll, and 80% of senior living workers are female, according to Argentum.

Read more insights from Holleran here.