Camaraderie endures despite economic slump

Office workers may have a bigger workload as hours drop and payrolls shrink, but they're not taking it out on each other or their employers, one survey said.

"If anything, the relationships in the workplace are stronger," said Reuse Staten, director of workplace research at Robert Half International Inc., whose Accountemps division developed the survey.

Eighty-seven percent of respondents said their relationship with their supervisor was good or very good this April, matching results from the survey done in 2005.

Meanwhile, 95 percent of the adult office workers polled said their relationships with co-workers were good or very good, slightly more than survey takers said 4 years ago.

  • Don't let the threat of downsizing make you selfish. Share credit for group tasks and make sure accolades go to those who deserve them.
  • Keeping deadlines and commitments is even more important now that companies are doing more with fewer resources.
  • Volunteer, collaborate, be flexible. Take on jobs that aren't specifically spelled out in your job responsibilities.
  • Try to get to know colleagues on a personal level.
  • Have empathy, especially as a manager or employer. Since there's not a lot of money for bonuses and raises, plan group activities or volunteer work that helps drive team bonding.
  • Encourage vacation time for recharging.

The Robert Half poll randomly surveyed 457 adult office workers in April.

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