Working next to your friends makes you less productive at work

While working alongside your best mate may sound like a dream come true, it might not be quite as wonderful for your boss.

New research has proved that working with friends is not great for your productivity (is that really such a shock?!).

Dr Sangyoon Park, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Hong Kong, set out to find whether sitting next to your friend in the office helps or hinders the amount of work you do.

And, as anyone who has sat next to a mate can tell you, the answer is no surprise – you are at least six per cent less productive on a daily basis.

Dr Park conducted his research at a seafood processing plant in Vietnam and specifically studied a group of workers who fillet fish, taking note of who was friends with who and how friendly they were outside of their working hours.

His research shows that the better friends you are, the more your productivity will dip.

But strangely when you sit opposite a friend, the amount of work you do isn’t affected at all! Perhaps that’s because it isn’t as easy to gossip when someone is across from you!

The research also discovered that while your productivity might be affected by who you sit next to, you might just stay longer in the job because you love working with your friends. 

You're also more open to learning new skills and developing your career! 

So, if you love working with your best mate then be warned, your boss might be keeping a very close eye on you from now on!


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