It’s an inevitable fact of today’s working culture that we spend the majority of our time in the office with our co-workers rather than at home with our families, friends and housemates.  But why are so many of us reluctant to invest time and energy fostering genuine relationships with our colleagues?

Well, maybe irritating habits could be the reason! A recent survey by Bach™ Original Flower Remedies has found that 43% of people said their co-workers had the ability to wind them up and 49% said they thought their colleagues were incompetent[i]!

It all sounds rather negative but with research showing there is a positive correlation between the sociability of an office and how productive the people working in them feel[ii], should we all be striving to make lasting friendships in the office? Apart from Londoners, who have a trend towards a ‘heads down, earphones in’ culture, it does seem as though the majority of us are happy with our co-worker relationships. 66% feel as though they work well with their colleagues, which rises to 73% in manual workers, 42% regularly take lunch with their colleagues and 44% are friends on Facebook, the ultimate sign[iii]!

Move towards a better working relationship with your colleagues, with the Bach Original Flower Remedy Office Tool Kit:

  • Cherry Plum (Composure) – Your office workers annoying habits that get on your nerves? Stay cool and don’t lose control; a calm mind can fuel rational thinking. The positive potential of Cherry Plum is a person who has a serene mind and is able to think and act rationally.
  • Impatiens (Patience)Co-worker taking too long to reply or make the next tea round?  Cope diplomatically with irritating problems in a patient manner. Don’t be impatient with the slow pace of people or things. The positive potential of Impatiens is less hastiness in thought and action.
  • Centuary (Assertiveness) Always saying yes to more work and extra projects? Don’t be scared to say no. Express yourself freely; don’t easily get influenced by the opinions of others. The positive potential of Centaury is the ability to express and defend your own opinions and follow your own path unhampered by the opinions of others.
  • Beech (Tolerance) – Colleagues winding you up? See the good in others and things; be more tolerant and compassionate towards them and don’t be critical. The positive potential of Beech is a sense of compassion towards others.


Balance your emotions and fulfill your potential. Bach Original Flower Remedies are a system of 38 flower essences from the makers of RESCUE®. They are the original flower essences, produced according to Dr Bach’s traditional methods, which date back over 75 years, and many of the plants used originate from the Bach Centre garden in rural Oxfordshire. Suitable for all the family.


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[i]A Bach™ Original Flower Remedy survey conducted by Populus on 2,100 UK Adults 10th-11th Dec 2014

[iii] A Bach™ Original Flower Remedy survey conducted by Populus on 2,100 UK Adults 10th-11th Dec 2014