People with racially diverse friend groups are more productive

By Sissi Wang in Canadian Business

Do you know what your employees’ friend circles are like? A new study published in Organization Science found that employees with more racially diverse friend networks were more likely to go beyond their roles to help the company.

In one study involving 222 employees and supervisors of a company, the employees were asked to list five people in their personal network of friends and identify their race, then do the same for 10 people in the company they considered friends. Findings show that workers who hang with a varied group of friends in their off-hours tend to build larger and similarly diverse networks on the job. Supervisors also rated these employees higher on questions like “This person has done more work than required.”

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