Workers 'avoid socialising with colleagues'

05-12-2006

Workers 'avoid socialising with colleagues'
As many as 42 per cent of employees would leave their job if they didn't like the people they worked with, a new poll reveals.

The poll from OfficeTeam underlined just how important workplace relations are to many employees, with 68 per cent of the executive assistants questioned saying that they believed that it was important to like your colleagues.

Despite this, only nine per cent of executive assistants said that their company's after-work scene was "active" and that they went out at least once a week with colleagues.

Around 31 per cent said that their social interaction with their work colleagues was poor and they rarely went out together.

For many members of staff, this was simply because they didn't like going out with colleagues, with the majority (20 per cent) saying that they would only go out with their workmates if they had to.

Regional director for OfficeTeam Victoria Sprott said: "With a greater emphasis on family and work-life balance people are less inclined to spend more time at work than they have to.

"That said, managers now need to be more creative in arranging socialising opportunities."

Companies had a great opportunity to re-engage staff with the approach of the Christmas party season, she added.


Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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