Friendships With Colleagues Make Professionals Happier at Work

What would make you happy at work?

Despite a significant contrast emerging among millennials and baby boomers, nearly half (46%) of all professionals believe that friendships with colleagues make them happier at work.

This is based on findings of a new study released by LinkedIn, done in partnership with CensusWide and covering more than 11,500 full-time professionals around the world.

Respondents between the ages of 18-65 were surveyed in the United States, Sweden, India, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

“Creating an office culture that resonates across generations, roles and personalities is a critical factor in building a successful working environment,” said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn career expert.

The study found a generational divide when it comes to the choices professionals are willing to make to get ahead in the workplace.

Nearly one in five (18%) professionals report that friendships with colleagues affect their work performance by making them more competitive in their careers.

Among millennials, 68% would sacrifice a friendship with a colleague for a promotion, compared to 62% of baby boomers who would never consider it.

Millennials report that friendships in the workplace make them feel happy (57%), motivated (50%) and productive (39%). Nearly half (45%) of workers aged 55-65 say that friendships with colleagues have no bearing on their work performance.

Also, nearly half (49%) of millennials are more likely to discuss salary with coworkers at work, compared to less than one-third (31%) of baby boomers.

Indonesia has the highest number (51%) of professionals who feel their closest colleagues understand them better than their friends, compared to only 9% of professionals in the United Kingdom who feel this same level of colleague camaraderie.

In India, one-third of professionals would even go as far as to say that their closest colleagues understand them better than their partners.

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