After examining two years’ worth of emails, instant messages, and calendar invites from employees at a large IT firm, researchers found out a few keywords that kept popping up in messages from the workers who managed to avoid layoffs at the company. Wondering which these words are? Well, you are going to be surprised probably, because they are not what you’d expect: They are baseball, football, coffee, and lunch.
What’s especially interesting is that these
employees were not necessarily the most productive and their efforts didn’t bring in the most money for the firm. So yes, the social aspect of your work sometimes is more important or at least just as important as productivity. “There is something intangible that the employee is offering,” lead author Lynn Wu told The Wall Street Journal. In other words, it’s often not enough just get to the office, do your work, and get out of there. People actually have to like you, too.