Research reveals the downside of workplace friendships

05/10/2010 | Human Resource Executive

Having friends who work in the same department can improve a worker's productivity, but when an employee has friends in other parts of the company, it can harm the person's output, according to a University of Florida study. "When friendships involve someone who works outside your department or performs different kinds of tasks and is not able to help you with your job, they are more of a distraction," a researcher said.

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