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Members of SAP SuccessFactors’ Value Realization Research team are constantly reading up on the topics most important to you, your employees, and your managers. Each week we will be sharing an interesting finding we’ve read about to give you innovative and data-based ideas on how to better structure your HR processes and more effectively manage your workforce.

This week: Support your coworkers and you may further your career


If your supervisor likes you, you’ll enjoy benefits like higher performance ratings, more interesting job assignments, and greater access to developmental resources. It isn’t necessarily fair, but the research has shown this time and time again—having a supervisor that likes you is good for you, and good for your career. In their recent study published in Personnel Psychology, Long (Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary) and colleagues examined the social relationships people form at work and the impact this has on managing supervisor impressions. They found that employees that formed supportive relationships with their peers tended to be better liked and deemed more “promotable” by their supervisors. Employees can add this to the already long list of positive outcomes that result from taking advantage of opportunities to network with and support their peers. 

For more information, access the research abstract and full article here.

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