Singaporean employees value their workplace relationships, but the friendships they make may come with certain terms and conditions.

The Relationships@Work study by LinkedIn found 51.6% of 1,000 Singaporean respondents "would at least consider sacrificing their friendship with a colleague if it would result in a promotion".

This is despite 51.5% admitting workplace relationships make them happier in the office, with 60.9% reporting they had a colleague at work who they believed would look out for them. This is above the global average of 48.5%.

Singaporeans also said their colleagues often doubled up as confidants and mentors; 35.5% of workers here admitted to having a work 'mother' or 'father', compared to 17% who said they have a work spouse.

However, one in five respondents said workplace friendships made them more competitive, and 22% admitted they had an ulterior motive for socialising with co-workers, in that they could help them move up the career ladder.

LinkedIn's Relationships@Work


The study also found younger workers were the least likely to separate their personal and professional relationships.

One in four Millennials would discuss their salaries with a colleague, compared to 18.4% of baby boomers. Half of Millennials have also connected with their managers online, more than the 38.6% Singaporean average.

Singaporeans were also the most likely within Asia (25%) to prefer a manager of the opposite sex, and were the second most likely (66.4%) country to date a colleague, coming behind Australia at 75%.

More than two thirds (68.3%) of  Singaporeans added they often lunch with co-workers, with 80.8% choosing food as their favourite workplace conversation topic.

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