Remember Stephen Stills of C,S,N&Y fame singing, “Love the one you’re with“? A new take on that song might say to “love the one you’re working with.” Put another way, if you think “kicking it “with Chatty Cathy from the office is a waste of time – think again!

A new study from Harvard researcher Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work (Crown Business) says that the employees most UNWILLING to develop workplace friendships are also the LEAST likely to get promoted.  Achor divided employees into quartiles on the basis of their willingess to initiate work relationships, such as inviting co-workers out for drinks, and the results are shocking.  A few of the findings are as follows:

  • Just 5% of the bottom quartile were extremely engaged in their work.
  • Only 7% had been promoted in the past year.
  • Approximately 40% of employees in the other quartiles received promotions.

Moral of the story: socializing with work colleagues appears to be more important to people’s careers than one might think. To find out more, check out