Friends Beat Bosses

What’s more important to career happiness and engagement on the job? (Engagement being HR-speak for ‘giving a darn.’ )

Productive and collegial relationships with co-workers. That’s according to the latest employee engagement research from the Society for Human Resource Management. The top factors for engagement are:

  • 79% – Relationships with co-workers
  • 75% –  Opportunities to use skills/abilities
  • 72% – Contributing to organization’s goals

And the factors bringing up the rear? “Career advancment” and “Career development.”

The definition of satisfaction on the job is realigning — sideways. It’s a latticed world. That’s how workers are already operating. How long before most organizations catch on?