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According to a survey released this week, ITers are the people that colleagues would least like to sit next to at the office Christmas party, due to fears they would "talk shop" or be too introverted to hold a conversation.
Personal assistants and receptionists are by far the most popular individuals to sit next to at the party, due to their propensity to gossip, the survey said.
"Staff who occupy roles that are traditionally people-facing were perceived as more friendly or easy to get on with, which is not necessarily a true reflection," said Nige Howarth, vice-president of marketing at NetG, which carried out the survey.
"But at a time when IT staff have moved out of the back office and are a far more visible part of the organisation, it is a shame that they are not, as a whole, also viewed in this way."