Think work isn't a popularity contest? University of Florida last week published this study that talks about how popular workers get treated better on the job.
According to the study, other co-workers were more likely to do things like adjust their schedules to accommodate another person's vacation request or help someone make up work after being absent if co-worker happened to be popular.
The professor who did the study, Brent Scott, said popular workers also were "less likely to be insulted, shunned by their colleagues or to encounter other rude and disrespectful treatment".
The study looked at two groups of people -- 116 undergraduate students who held a variety of jobs, and 139 full-time health care workers at a hospital. It's supposed to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology.
So makes me wonder...does popularity online with co-workers translate similarly? My experience says yes.