With looming deadlines, extra projects, and demanding bosses, life at the office can sometimes be a lot to manage. Add unstable work relationships between coworkers into the mix, and it can sometimes be too much.
A recent study by Comparably, a company that provides data on compensation and workplace culture, delved into the nature of coworkers’ connections with each other.
The study, which surveyed more than 36,000 people working at tech companies of different sizes, found that one in three respondents reported working with someone who makes them want to leave their job.
Of all the findings in the study, here are some that stand out.
An annoying coworker can make you want to quit
Just fewer than half of women surveyed (43%) said they wanted to jump ship because of a coworker, compared to 32% of men surveyed.
People in business development and design positions were more likely than those in other departments to want to quit their job because of a coworker, 46% and 45% respectively.
Conversely, only 14% of those in communications positions said they work with someone who makes them want to quit.
Where experience was concerned, those more than 10 years of work showed the highest rates of wanting to leave because of a coworker, 37%, compared to 28% percent of those with one to three years of work experience.
The benefits of work friendships
Not all the findings were negative. Some people, such as work spouses, actually enjoy each other’s company in the office,
More than half of men (51%) and women (55%) surveyed reported having “a close friend at work.” According to the study, “this is an important figure, as studies show that people who cultivate friendships at the office are happier and more productive at work.”
Experience-wise, 55% of people with one to six years of work experience said they had a close friend at the office, compared to 48% in entry-level positions and 50% of those with more than 10 years of experience.
The office dating scene
Some people aren’t afraid to be more than friends while employed at the same workplace — the survey found 26% of men and 28% of women have dated a coworker.
This was true for 33% of people working in Operations, 28% working in Marketing and IT, and 23% working in Engineering.
How people feel about sharing their salary
It doesn’t seem like everyone’s jumping at the chance to divulge how much they make to those they work with.
Among all age categories surveyed, 31% said they were “not likely” to reveal what they take home to coworkers, 25% said “it depends,” 21% “would never do it,” 13% were “somewhat likely,” and just 9% were “very likely.”
Within the 18-30 bracket, more than 30% reported being “somewhat” or “‘very’ likely” to share their salary. In the 31-35 bracket, 29% said “it depends” on the circumstances, which the report says is “the most in any age group.” The 41-45 bracket was the least in favor of telling coworkers, with 28% saying they would “never” do so.
How people feel about their bosses
The study also explored the “loyalty” people have to those they work with, proving that people tend to favor their coworkers over their supervisors.
A plurality (36%) reported that they have the most allegiance to their coworkers. Next up in terms of popularity was “Boss or Manager” at 30%, then “No One” at 13% and “Company Mission/Vision” at 11%. The section that bottomed out on the other extreme was “Direct Reports” at a slim 10%.
It’s clear that people have strong opinions about who they work with and what they choose to share.
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