Is putting in extra effort and hitting targets the best way to get noticed at work?
You might think so, but according to a recent survey by Rental Cars, a significant proportion of the British workforce think there might be other ways to help advance their careers.
Whether it’s getting in a round of drinks after hours or volunteering to drive, the survey showed that a significant chunk of UK workers believe socialising has a major role to play in being noticed, as well as being kept in the loop of office gossip.
Highway to promotion
Driving was seen as a major tool for advancement in the workplace, with almost a third of respondents stating that driving to meetings with their boss helps them to get noticed and, as a result, get ahead at work.
Spending one-on-one time with a senior team member is never easy, but the time spent travelling can serve as a great opportunity to discuss your career in a relaxed environment. It’s also a great opportunity to learn a little more about your superior’s personality – and allow them to get to know yours – which is helpful if you do click.
More than a quarter of respondents also felt that car sharing with a colleague helps for getting ahead at work. Being sociable and getting along with teammates can be a great way to show your superiors that you fit in well at the company and suit the culture of the business.
Taking it further
Socialising at work in order to get ahead doesn’t stop with the commute. A surprising 44% of respondents said that they feel those who take smoking breaks at work are more likely to be clued up on the office gossip and therefore are ahead of the crowd when it comes to the latest business politics.
Likewise, more than a third of those who responded said that they felt going to the pub with their boss after working hours is one of the best ways to get ahead at work.
Drinking culture has always played a part of the British workplace, but in today’s health conscious society, is this still truly the case?
Depending on the job sector – particularly in start-ups fuelled by primarily young, energetic workers – work and life blend together, meaning socialising outside of working hours can be treated as part of the role, almost as much as the actual work.
Whether it’s taking a smoking break or chatting over a pint, the key takeaway from this survey shows that socialising is an important part of work. Chatting over a hot drink or grabbing a healthy lunch with a co-worker or superior can be just as effective as drinking in the pub – and much healthier.
Showing yourself to be a relaxed, approachable and friendly individual – as well as a hard-working and conscientious employee – is surely the best way to be recognised at work, whether looking for a promotion or a pay rise.