co-workersThis Valentine’s Day, as roses are delivered to desks and red and pink candies take over office lobbies, it’s evident that love is in the air – and for some employees, it’s a prime time to assess relationships among their co-workers.

Are you reaching out to make and nurture relationships among your colleagues? Or are you spending your day by keeping interactions to “strictly business”?

Research points to the importance of forming friendships and a “community” of sorts among co-workers. Social support in the workplace can not only boost happiness and a sense of work/life balance among employees, but it can also fuel productivity and a climb up the corporate ladder.

According to research by Robert Half International —   — nearly two-thirds (64%) of executives surveyed said employees who socialize outside of the office enjoy more productive working relationships and career development benefits.