- BRW Lists
Published 02 October 2012 12:00, Updated 11 June 2013 12:06
They may be Mad Men, but even Madison Avenue advertising executives needed to form alliances.
Do you have a good friend at work? If you don’t, you are not doing yourself any favours. People with work pals are happier, more productive and are more likely to get promoted.
That is not hard to understand. We all would prefer to be among people who enjoy our company, it makes us more collaborative and enthusiastic about our work and this feeds through to promotion opportunities.
Also, our managers are more likely to elevate us if they like us.
Of course, there are still people who believe that work should be a hard grind. You come into the world alone, you work alone and you die alone. Pretty grim, that. These people think that when you are at work, you should be working, not socialising, not going out to lunch together and certainly not gossiping.
Luckily, only 12 per cent of people surveyed by Randstad in its Work Watch survey thought that making friends at work was “risky”.
Their reasons for this fear were that they believed such relationships fed gossip, created favouritism, blurred professional boundaries or created conflicts of interest.
These people ought to get out a bit more and maybe do some reading. All the research shows there are benefits in making friends.