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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.

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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