24 August 2019

Younger workers more open about personal details: Study

More than half of Hong Kong professionals are happier at work because of their friendships with colleagues and nearly one in three attribute their competitiveness to such relationships, according to new findings.

“Workplace relationships are ever-changing and an important factor in shaping office dynamics and individual job development,” said Nicole Williams, an author and career expert at LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network which conducted the study.

“This means creating an office culture that resonates across generations, roles and personalities is a critical factor in building a successful working environment,” she said.

However, more than six in 10 Hong Kong millennials, or those born after 1980, will sacrifice friendships for promotion against six in 10 among baby boomers, or those born after World War II, the study shows.

More than any other age group, millennials are affected by workplace friendships positively, making them happy (65 percent), motivated (45 percent) and productive (39 percent).

Less than one-fifth of Hong Kong workers aged 55 to 65 say friendships with colleagues have no bearing on their work performance.

Younger professionals are more comfortable discussing personal issues with colleagues, with just under half in Hong Kong more likely to reveal their salary compared with less than one-quarter of older workers.

Indonesia has the highest number (51 percent) of professionals who feel their closest colleagues understand them better than their friends compared with one in three in Hong Kong.

Only 9 percent of all professionals in Britain feel this same level of camaraderie.

In India, one-third of professionals say their closest colleagues understand them better than their partners.

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