Photo - Tara Commerford, Head of Communications for LinkedIn Australia/NZ & Southeast Asia.
According to a new survey by the social networking platform for professionals LinkedIn, Malaysian professionals are number 1 in Southeast Asia when it comes to comes to valuing friendships in the workplace with more than half (58 per cent) who believe that friendships with colleagues make them happier at work, as well as enhance their sense of motivation in daily work life.
During the unveiling of the 'Relationships@Work' study, which was conducted by CensusWide, Tara Commerford, head of communications for LinkedIn Australia/NZ & Southeast Asia, said that the findings show that Malaysians value friendships to maintain a healthy and harmonious working environment and work-life balance.
Food, health and general gossip were all identified as hot topics among Malaysian colleagues while the majority of Malaysians feel more motivated, happier and more productive by having friends at work, said Commerford.
She said some of the results show that:
- Malaysian millennials [ages 25-34] - more than any other age group - report that friendships in the workplace impact them in a positive way, making them feel more motivated (58 per cent), happier (57 per cent) and more productive (45 per cent);
- Three out of five millennials report that socialising in-person with co-workers makes their working environment better, compared to only two out of five baby boomers; and
- Nearly one in three millennials believe that socialising with colleagues in person will help them advance in their careers.
"It's clear that our relationships at work have a real impact on many aspects of our personal and professional lives," Commerford said. "While they 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."
Competition and dating
She added that though Malaysians are often perceived as 'warm, friendly and congenial, they take competition very seriously. While friendships in a professional environment foster positivity among Malaysian professionals, millennials are more likely to sacrifice friendships to climb the corporate ladder.'
Commerford said that:
- More than 1 in 3 Malaysians are willing to sacrifice friendships at work in order to get a promotion;
- 40 per cent of Malaysians report that friendships with colleagues affect their work performance by making them more competitive in their careers.
She said that the data also revealed ' a healthy dating scene among professionals in the Klang Valley. Almost half of Malaysian respondents have at some time in their careers dated a colleague at work, with the states of Selangor and Johor ranking highest.'
The study showed that almost half of Malaysians (48 per cent) have been in a dating relationship with a colleague at some point in their careers and that:
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