MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) –There are startling differences when it comes to generational views on workplace relations, according to a new study released today by LinkedIn , the world's largest professional network on the Internet. The 'Relationships @Work' study sheds new light on a range of workplace behaviors, from sacrificing friendships and climbing the career ladder, to overall work performance. Despite a significant contrast emerging among millennials and baby boomers,* the importance of relationships in the workplace remains clear across the board—nearly half (46 percent) of all professionals believe that friendships with colleagues make them happier at work.
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"Workplace relationships are ever-changing and an important factor in shaping both office dynamics and individual job development," said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn career expert. "This means that creating an office culture that resonates across generations, roles and personalities is a critical factor in building a successful working environment. LinkedIn provides the platform to help grow and maintain relationships and ultimately drive career success."Getting Ahead @Work While happiness is important to professionals, they also value competition and the desire to climb the corporate ladder. However, there is 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 percent) professionals report that friendships with colleagues affect their work performance by making them more competitive in their careers.
- Sixty-eight percent of millennials would sacrifice a friendship with a colleague for a promotion, compared to 62 percent of baby boomers who would never consider it.
- Millennials – more than any other age group – report that friendships in the workplace impact them in a positive way, making them feel happy (57 percent), motivated (50 percent) and productive (39 percent), while nearly half (45 percent) of workers ages 55-65, say that friendships with colleagues have no bearing on their work performance.
- Three out of five millennial workers report that socializing in-person with coworkers makes their working environment better, compared to only two out of five baby boomers.
- Nearly one out of three millennials believe that socializing with colleagues in-person will help them advance their career.
- Nearly half of all millennials (49 percent) are more likely to discuss salary with coworkers at work, compared to less than one third of baby boomers (31 percent).
- The majority (53 percent) of millennials are more open to sharing relationship advice with coworkers in the office, compared to less than one fourth (23 percent) of baby boomers.
- Indonesia has the highest number (51 percent) of professionals who feel their closest colleagues understand them better than their friends, compared to only 9 percent of all 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.
- New LinkedIn data also reveals that Switzerland has the largest number of professionals who are connected to their colleagues on LinkedIn.
- Overall, countries in Europe have the greatest inter-office connectivity on LinkedIn, far surpassing countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom.