GETTING along with your fellow workers can significantly increase your lifespan, a university report has suggested. A friendly work environment and a positive relationship with your co-workers has long-term health benefits, according to the latest research. Dr Sharon Toker of the Department of Organizational Behavior at Tel Aviv Universitys Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration says that employees who believe that they have the personal support of their peers at work are more likely to live a longer life. We spend most of our waking hours at work, and we dont have much time to meet our friends during the weekdays, explains Dr Toker. Work should be a place where people can get necessary emotional support. Dr Toker and her TAU colleagues Prof. Arie Shirom and Yasmin Alkaly, along with Orit Jacobson and Ran Balicer from Clalit Healthcare Services, followed the health records of 820 adults who worked an average of 8.8 hours a day through a two-decade period. Those who had reported having low social support at work were 2.4 times more likely to die sometime within those 20 years, says Dr Toker. Telegraph