Watercooler Chats

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A University of Florida study recently found yet another reason to be friendly with your coworkers: Chatting with your colleagues can actually make you work harder.

In the dissertation, “Interpersonal capitalization as a catalyst for “upward spirals” at work: The affective, interpersonal, and behavioral consequences of
disclosing positive news to coworkers,” the study’s author, Dr. Charlice Hurst, found conversations about work and non-work related matters boost job satisfaction, which can lead to better job performance.

The one caveat? The length of the conversation. An hour-long chat won’t improve your productivity.