How sociable are we with our colleagues?

It’s that time of year again where our thoughts turn to end of year office parties but how much do we actually enjoy socialising with our colleagues? Commercial property specialists Pall Mall Estates recently surveyed 600 members of the UK public to find out whether we think of our co-workers as friends or simply co-workers and you may find the results surprising. Considering we spend around 37 hours per week at work, it turns out that 55% of those surveyed enjoy spending time with their colleagues so they can get to know them better.

What motivates us to socialise?

Being sociable with colleagues is not for everyone, so what motivates us to get to know our co-workers better? Social psychologists say that it is important for employees’ wellbeing to build strong, work relationships as it makes us happier, less stressed, loyal and more engaged. So not only is socialising with colleagues beneficial to our health, it also has its perks. 42% of the people surveyed said they socialise in the workplace to get a pay rise, while 21% said they do it for a promotion.

Where is best to socialise with colleagues?

While it’s easy to socialise with colleagues in the workplace, getting together outside of work is great for seeing a different side to your colleagues’ personalities. The most popular place to socialise outside the office is the pub, which is no surprise. 44% of the respondents said they feel most comfortable mixing with co-workers in this kind of setting, and 64% said they would be most likely to socialise at an event, such as the Christmas party. If your schedule is too hectic for a get-together at the pub after work, the staff canteen or heading out to lunch is another great way to get to know your colleagues better.

Socialising with colleagues is not for everyone.

It’s worth bearing in mind that not all colleagues will want to spend time hanging out with their co-workers post-5pm and there is nothing wrong with that. There are many reasons why someone may not want to, whether it’s because they have family commitments, social anxiety or are just concerned they may say the wrong thing and upset someone.

Spending several hours a day with colleagues may be enough for some, but as long as you build strong, work relationships it can be beneficial for both your personal and professional life.

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