There is no question that millennials are changing the workplace, but a new study conducted by LinkedIn shows that the 18-34 year old age group is more likely to share intimate, private information with their coworkers than their older, baby boomer counterparts are.
LinkedIn recently conducted the ‘Relationships @Work’ study which looks at different workplace behaviors and it shows that millennials and baby boomers have quite different reactions to relationships in the workplace. “Workplace relationships are ever-changing and an important factor in shaping both office dynamics and individual job development,” said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn career expert. “This means that creating an office culture that resonates across generations, roles and personalities is a critical factor in building a successful working environment.”
One area this study looked at was career advancement, most millennial participants felt that being happy was an important part of their job, but climbing the proverbial career ladder was far more important than their work friendships.
The generational divide shows the 68 percent of millennials would throw their coworkers under the bus if it meant getting ahead in their own careers. One in five say that having coworkers as friends makes them more competitive on the job. While the younger generation is quick to stab friends in the back, many of them feel that work friendships are a positive aspect in the work environment.
Having friends at work is important to millennials because it impacts their working environment in a positive way. According to the study, 57 percent of millennials say that having friends at work makes them happy, while 50 percent say it helps them feel motivated to come to work and be productive. For the baby boomer generation, 45 percent say having friends at work has no bearing on their work performance.
Communication is also a very important aspect for millennials. More than half of millennials reported being more open to sharing relationship advice with coworkers, compared to 23 percent of baby boomers. Millennials are also more comfortable discussing salaries with their coworkers, as opposed to the baby boomer generation who feel that it is taboo to discuss personal earnings.
For more information on the study, visit the LinkedIn website.