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.
- 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.