One way to build office camaraderie is through traveling for work, according to a new survey.
Eighty-five percent of Americans who travel for work admitted they’ve become friends with co-workers when traveling together.
The survey, conducted by Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, surveyed 1,000 American business travelers and found that traveling is the secret to getting to know your colleagues better.
While nearly one in five said they socialized with their coworkers outside of work once a month, more than 75% of the respondents said they are more likely to talk and get to know a colleague while on the road together as opposed to being in their workplace.
Meeting coworkers who work remotely
Whether it’s sending emails from opposites sides of the country — or the world — nearly all respondents said they were surprised meeting coworkers for the first time.
Workers said they were surprised because they expected their counterparts to be different due to only interacting with them through email.
But just because these workers were different didn’t necessarily make it a bad thing. Sixty-two percent of respondents said they found their coworkers to be more personable and easier to talk to in person than expected based on their conversations via technology.
Nearly half (43%) said they found their coworkers funnier, while a third said they were more creative than expected.
There’s also a productivity benefit to meeting remote coworkers in person. The average respondent said a normal email usually results in four phone calls per day in order to discuss something originally emailed.
While some managers tend to discourage the idea of remote working, there are many benefits. A recent study found that remote workers have boosted productivity and more free time each year thanks to working from home.
Put two-and-two together and you have happier workers overall.