Revealed: the importance of having a work 'bestie' in the UAE

New LinkedIn data reveals the different types of work colleagues that breed success in the UAE
Revealed: the importance of having a work 'bestie' in the UAE
By Sam Bridge
Fri 14 Sep 2018 10:02 AM

More than 50 percent of UAE-based professionals say they have a best friend in the workplace who helps them thrive rather than survive the working day.

Professional networking platform LinkedIn’s latest research study has revealed that the UAE workforce has different types of colleagues to thank for success at the workplace - the “cheerleader”, the work “bestie” and the work “rival”.

With offices becoming second homes to most professionals, the research showed that colleagues who become best friends, mentors, cheerleaders and opponents play a major role on the path to professional success.

The data revealed that 64 percent of UAE professionals have cheerleaders or supporters who positively impact their career progression, with 43 percent of respondents saying they have more than one such cheerleader at work.

It added that besties are an important part of day-to-day work life, with nearly 51 percent of those surveyed saying that their workplace bestie helps them thrive, rather than survive, through the day.

In addition, the research revealed that authority figures can have a lasting impact on professional success - 18 percent of respondents credit their school teachers for influencing their current career choice (first job), while 16 percent thank their first bosses for their career progression.

Furthermore, diversity in the workplace significantly boosts ingenuity, according to LinkedIn. About 57.3 percent of those in the UAE labour force credit their increased creativity to being exposed to different cultures, while 59 percent say they have learnt more thanks to this multi-cultural exposure.

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