This is unnerving but it seems that the priority for the corporate employees in Singapore is not having a good job, but a good promotion. Research from LinkedIn showed that over half of the 1000 people surveyed would sacrifice their friendship for a promotion.
This is also reinforced with one of the local survey done by Relationships@Work, which found that 22.4% of the 1000 surveyed individuals generally aged between 18 to 24 mingled around their colleagues for the sake of career progression.
Albeit this saddening fact, the survey also showed that more than half of the employees have made the workplace a better environment to work in, with combined efforts from their colleagues. Also, 20% of the people claimed that the friendships spurred them on to give it their fullest at work and nearly 61% of the surveyed group said that they have a colleague who’s got their back.
Tara Commerford, Head of Communications for LinkedIn in the Australasia and Southeast Asia, said it is apparent that workplace relationships have played a considerable role in the lives of the working individual, regardless if it is personal or professional. However, it is important that these two are differentiated especially in this era where social media is rampant and easily accessible. While social media may give you a good understanding of your colleagues on a personal scale, it may endanger the professional image that you present to people.
Looking deeper into the current workplace activities, it seems that the younger working adults tend to draw less boundaries between their personal and professional lives. There is an increasing number of people who are willing to have lunch with their colleagues and talking about what to eat is one of the most common conversations around in the workplace.
They are also open to sensitive discussions with regards to remunerations and also are much more connected with their superiors on the social media platforms available.
One has to be careful about what you post on your social media accounts because one wrong move may cost you your job.