According to Randstad Canada's latest global Workmonitor survey, making
friends at work is important to Canadian workers
TORONTO, July 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Findings from Randstad's latest
Global Workmonitor, surveying employees in 32 countries around the
world, reveal that making friends at work is very important to Canadians and could be a key factor to
According to the survey, 66 per cent of Canadian employees indicate they
have close friendships with colleagues. Additionally, over half (54%)
report that having pleasant colleagues is more important to them than
having a good salary while 53 per cent say they spend time with
colleagues outside working hours.
The results are similar around the world, as 71 per cent of global
respondents say they have close friendships with colleagues and 64
percent meet up with their co-workers outside working hours. The
exceptions are in Brazil (93%) and Hong Kong (91%) where a significant
amount of employees indicate they have close friendships with
colleagues. While in Luxembourg, only 20 per cent of employees say they
have friends at work.
Stacy Parker, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Randstad Canada
reinforces the fact that workers tend to be happier at their jobs when
they cultivate meaningful friendships with co-workers. "Canadians
associate a good working environment with having good relationships
with their colleagues. They see these relationships not as a threat to
their productivity, but rather as a key factor that influences their
satisfaction at work," she says.
Survey results found that only 21 per cent of Canadian employees believe
friendships with colleagues interfere with their work, which is close
to the global average (26%). The portrait is very different in China
(60%), Hong Kong (61%) and India (59%), where the majority of
respondents are under the impression that friendships with colleagues
does interfere with their performance at work.
The survey data also reveals that globally, social media is seen by
employees as a way to further develop contact between colleagues. In
Canada, 44 per cent of respondents indicate that they have more contact
with co-workers outside work due to social media. The impact of social
media on the relationship between colleagues is even stronger in
countries like China, where 83 per cent of respondents say it boosts
the interaction they have with colleagues outside the workplace.
According to Parker, social media and other initiatives have opened up a
whole new world of social interaction. "Team-building activities, open
and common spaces, along with new communication channels like Intranets
and social media play a big role in fostering communication and
building relationships inside and outside work. It's clear that
employees in Canada and around the world are taking advantage of these
tools and opportunities to foster positive relationships and create the
kind of work atmosphere that they enjoy working in," she says.
Parker says workplace friendships can be a good thing for a company's
overall business. "There is no denying that workplace friendships can
contribute to a positive workplace culture. It means increased
productivity and creativity, heightened morale, enhanced personal
performance and stronger team cohesiveness," she explains. "Employers
who encourage a positive and collaborative workplace will gain a
competitive edge when it comes to recruting top talent."
The Randstad Workmonitor: After the successful introduction of the Workmonitor in
the Netherlands in 2003 and more recently in Germany, the survey now
covers 32 countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific
and the Americas.
The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both
local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time. The
quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a
population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid
job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400 interviews per
country, using Survey Sampling International. Research for the second
wave in 2012 was conducted from 20 April to 7 May, 2012.
For the complete set of findings, including comments on differences in
opinion by generation, gender and education, visit: http://www.randstad.com/press-room/research-reports.
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we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
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