August 12: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
August 12: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Sarah Gill

This traditional Irish cottage tucked away in Cashel, Co. Galway is on the market for €250,000
This traditional Irish cottage tucked away in Cashel, Co. Galway is on the market for...

Sarah Gill

First date deal-breakers: The seven absolute worst things to do on a first date
First date deal-breakers: The seven absolute worst things to do on a first date

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Your reaction to the childcare crisis: ‘To avoid childcare costs, I work at night. I...

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How to pack just hand luggage for a two week holiday
How to pack just hand luggage for a two week holiday

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Irish women in film: Annie Atkins, graphic designer for film

Meg Walker

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Lunchtime Fashion Fix: Inject some fun into your wardrobe with a splash of green

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Sarah Gill

Supper Club: Mussels and bucatini pasta
Supper Club: Mussels and bucatini pasta

Meg Walker

This traditional thatched cottage in in Co Mayo is on sale for €179,000
This traditional thatched cottage in in Co Mayo is on sale for €179,000

Megan Burns

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Watch: Here’s Having A Work ‘Frenemy’ Could Be Good For Your Job


By Jennifer McShane
08th Feb 2016
Watch: Here’s Having A Work ‘Frenemy’ Could Be Good For Your Job

We all likely have at least one co-worker that we feel conflicted about. Call it your ambivalent or love-hate colleague relationship if you will. When an occasion calls, they are often the best person to have on your team, and you really want to like them, but something stops you from slapping a BFF sticker on their desk when they’re not looking. Think Regina George in the first half of Mean Girls or Taylor and Katy before all that bad blood went down. Otherwise known as a frenemy.

However, feel free to rejoice, because it turns out that having one in your place of work is an excellent thing. Why you ask? Well, according to a new study having one actually encourages to do your job better. Research published in the Harvard Business Review found that working with someone who gives you those combatting feelings can increase your capacity for empathy and motivate you to work better. So this human that gives you strange, contradicting feels serves an essential purpose in your office; the unspoken competition between the two of you keeps you on your toes and refuses to let you grow complacent. You might complain about them from time to time, but you’ll also be learning from them.

Learn more about why in this insightful video below and mull over this on your way into work tomorrow: