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Nights in the pub are key to good working relationships

Almost 75% of office workers regard socialising with work colleagues as the key to building positive working relationships, writes Nathalie Towner.

A survey by recruitment consultancy Office Angels found that the most content employees tend to be those who go down the pub on a Friday night with their colleagues.

The research, conducted among 1,000 office workers, revealed that workers who regularly socialise with their workmates are likely to be happier at work, have stronger team-working skills and stay in one job for a longer period of time. Those questioned felt that going out with workmates was a good opportunity to talk through work-related problems and increased their sense of team and company loyalty.

Of those questioned, 54% said they socialise with work colleagues at least once a week and 38% go out together at least once a month. Only 8% said they rarely go out with colleagues. Friday is still the most popular (52%) night for going out with people you work with, with Thursday coming a close second (44%).

However, the evening banter is not totally focused on work - the survey revealed that office gossip (56%), celebrity news (23%) and personal relationships (16%) are the most talked about topics on work nights out. Only 5% of respondednts said they talk about politics or current affairs with their colleagues.

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