KUALA LUMPUR (21 July 2014) – It’s official – Malaysian professionals value workplace relationships more than any other Asian country surveyed. LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, with over 1 million LinkedIn members in Malaysia, released today its Relationships @Work study, shedding new light on a range of workplace behaviours, from sacrificing friendships and climbing the career ladder, to dating relationships in the workplace. With Malaysia ranking number one in South East Asia—over half (58 per cent) of all Malaysian professionals believe that friendships with colleagues make them happier at work, as it provides them with a sense of motivation in their daily work life.
The Relationships @Work study surveyed more than 11,500 full-time professionals in 14 countries, including 500 from Malaysia.
“It’s clear that our relationships at work have a real impact on many aspects of our personal and professional lives,” said Tara Commerford, Head of Communications for LinkedIn Australia/NZ & Southeast Asia.
“While they can have a positive influence on us in many respects, it’s important to also consider the professional image you’re projecting for yourself; especially as the lines between personal and professional blur in our increasingly social world.”
Friendships At Work
As the findings show, Malaysians value friendships to maintain a healthy and harmonious working environment and work-life balance. Food, health and general gossip were all identified as hot topics among Malaysian colleagues. The majority of Malaysians feel more motivated, happier and more productive by having friends at work.
- Malaysian millennials – more than any other age group – report that friendships in the workplace impact them in a positive way, making them feel more motivated (58 per cent), happier (57 per cent) and more productive (45 per cent).
- Three out of five millennials report that socialising in-person with co-workers makes their working environment better, compared to only two out of five baby boomers.
- Nearly one in three millennials believe that socialising with colleagues in person will help them advance in their careers.
Getting Ahead At Work
Although Malaysians are often regarded as warm, friendly and congenial, they take competition very seriously. While friendships in a professional environment fosters positivity among Malaysian professionals, millennials are more likely to sacrifice friendships to climb the corporate ladder.
- More than 1 in 3 Malaysians are willing to sacrifice friendships at work in order to get a promotion.
- 40 per cent of Malaysians report that friendships with colleagues affect their work performance by making them more competitive in their careers.
Relationships At Work
New LinkedIn data reveals a healthy dating scene among professionals in the Klang Valley. Almost half of Malaysian respondents have at some time in their careers dated a colleague at work, with the states of Selangor and Johor ranking highest.
- Almost half of Malaysians (48 per cent) have been in a dating relationship with a colleague at some point in their careers.
- 1 in 7 (15 per cent) of Malaysians have dated someone at work and felt motivated, and the same number have dated someone at work and are still dating them.
- 1 in 10 Malaysians (10 percent) have said that they felt distracted at work when they dated a colleague.
The value of relationships at work is clear across ages, cultures and levels in Malaysia. LinkedIn encourages all professionals to strengthen their relationships with colleagues by connecting, sharing content, endorsing and joining relevant industry groups on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is encouraging professionals worldwide to join the conversation by using #workbff to share your “selfies” with colleagues on LinkedIn, with the new mobile photo sharing functionality on the LinkedIn app.