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Singaporeans sacrifice friendships for promotions

Anuradha Shukla | July 9, 2014
Findings from ‘Relationships @Work’ Study by LinkedIn and CensusWide.

51.6 percent of Singapore professionals would at least consider sacrificing their friendship with a colleague if it would result in a promotion.

A new 'Relationships @Work' Study by LinkedIn and CensusWide shows that although happiness is important to professionals, they also value competition and want to climb the corporate ladder.

51.5 percent of professionals in Singapore said that friendships with colleagues make them happier at work.

20.4 percent professionals in Singapore agreed that friendships with colleagues actually make them more competitive at work.

22.0 percent think it would help them move up the career ladder. 

"It's clear that our relationships at work have a real impact on many aspects of our personal and professional lives," said Tara Commerford, head of Communications for LinkedIn Australia/NZ & Southeast Asia.

Looking out for colleagues

60.9 percent of professionals in Singapore have a colleague who looks out for them.

32.5 percent of professionals in Singapore confide in colleagues about family issues and 29.4 percent turn to them for relationship advice.

67.7 percent of millennials or respondents aged 18-24 feel happy with friendships in the workplace and 39.8 percent said friends make them more productive at work.

42.9 percent of baby boomers or respondents aged 55-65 said their work performance was not affected by friendships with colleagues.

25.1 percent workers in Singapore were most likely to prefer a manager of the opposite sex and 68.3 percent ate lunch with colleagues most work days.

"While relationships can have a positive influence on us in many respects, it's important to also consider the professional image you're projecting for yourself; especially as the lines between personal and professional blur in our increasingly social world," added Commerford. 



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