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4 Advantages of Socializing in the Workplace

The noblest workers among us might actually feel guilty socializing on company time, but Monica Patrick at Chron writes about four ways that talking on the job can actually be productive. Knowledge sharing is the first one, in that you can learn vital details about projects during idle chatter that you otherwise might have missed. You will also internalize perspectives of other workers, which widens your understanding of company goals. Another benefit is socializing is the fastest way to acclimate new hires. Of course, socializing benefits teamwork in general, and the occasional high-five or pat on the back is a great, goofy way to build camaraderie. And finally, socialization can inadvertently build alliances, the type of cross-department relationships that can avert crises before they happen. A couple of friends working in tandem can accomplish a lot together.

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