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Workers' comp claims cost an average of $40,000 each in 2017, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. (Shutterstock) Workers’ comp claims cost an average of $40,000 each in 2017, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. (Shutterstock)

They say you can’t choose your family. I think that includes many colleagues.

It can be challenging to think of coworkers as family. But consider that the Bureau of Labor Statistics says full-time employees in the United States are working more than 40 hours a week, particularly once they progress through a career. That means many of us spend as much time, if not more time, with colleagues as we do with our actual families.

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Executive Editor Elana Ashanti Jefferson is a veteran journalist and communications professional. She can be reached by sending email to [email protected]

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