Friendship Doesn't Mean a lot to Millennials in the Workplace

It’s just another Monday morning at the office you arrive feeling exhausted from your morning commute already and it’s not even lunch time. As you brace yourself for yet another busy working day, you notice an email from your office BFF that puts a smile on your face because as always the email is yet another inside joke that only you and your office BFF understand.

Office BFFs can certainly make the working day bearable and for most of us having co-workers we bond with can make working life more enjoyable as well. Some of us probably spend more time with our office BFFs than our own families due to increased working hours, so it’s fair to say that these co-workers play a pivotal role in our every-day work lives.

A survey that was recently conducted by LinkedIn and Censuswide titled Relationships @Work has revealed that a staggering 68% of millennials would jeopardize their friendship with a co-worker if it meant getting ahead in the workplace.

In total, 11,500 full-time professionals who were aged between 18 and 65 from 14 different countries were surveyed. The results that were unearthed offer a few insights into how these millennials view and value friendships with their co-workers.

Needless to say, it looks like this group of workers have a particularly contemporary stance when it comes to friendships with their co-workers. The results of this survey in regards to millennials are as follows:

  • One out of three millennials think that being social with their co-workers will help them to climb the career ladder.
  • At least three out of five millennials stated that being social with their co-workers made their work environment better.
  • 53% of millennials feel comfortable about advising colleagues about their personal lives at work.
  • 49% of millennials are happy to talk about their salaries whilst at work. Only 31% of baby boomers reported that they would talk openly about their salaries.

This group of workers don’t just interact with their co-workers differently. They are also invested in their office BFF friendships as well. 57% of millennials reported that their office friendships made them happy, 39% thought these friendships made them more productive at work, and 50% reported that friendships with their colleagues made them feel motivated to perform well in their job roles.

Other key findings of this survey include the following:

  • One third of Indian respondents felt that their co-workers understood them better than their partners.
  • 51% of Indonesian respondents felt that their office BFFs understood them much better than their friends outside of work.
  • 78% of Indian respondents spend their lunch break with their work colleagues.

It looks like millennials in the workplace are more determined to succeed in their jobs than their baby boomer counterparts, no matter what the cost is in regards to their friendships with their co-workers. Despite this, office friendships are a very valuable aspect of work life.

Office friendships are not only supportive elements in regards to work culture, these friendships help to build employee’s enthusiasm about their jobs and play a key role in cultivating positive attitudes towards their jobs because they are working alongside peers they are able to relate to, millennial or not.


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