Tuesday 27 September 2016

Irish people spend more time with their colleagues outside of work than anyone else in Europe

Published 30/06/2015 | 15:11

The research found 87pc of Irish people believe team lunches and dinners are good for team building
The research found 87pc of Irish people believe team lunches and dinners are good for team building

It seems spending each and every working day perched beside colleagues isn’t enough for the Irish, who spend more time with their work friends outside of the office than any other nation in Europe.

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New research found that 46pc of Irish workers socialise with each other on a frequent basis outside work compared to just 18pc of people throughout Europe.

The study, conducted by recruitment company Robert Walters interviewed more than 6,000 employees in Belguim, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.

The research found 87pc of Irish people believe team lunches and dinners are good for team building, while 63pc thought a company sports team is important for colleague bonding.

Although Irish employees enjoy a few scoops and a meal with their colleagues, just 9pc admitted to being connected on social media with the work pals.

Although under 10pc are connected with their colleagues on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, 63pc of Irish colleagues are connected on LinkedIn.

The research also found that Irish people are less likely to consider moving abroad for a career opportunity compared to their European counterparts.

Almost a third (29pc) of Irish people would not consider moving abroad for work, while 19pc of employees in Europe would not leave to take a job in another country.

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