Add Teammates: A New Way to Nurture Professional Relationships With Your Coworkers
April 16, 2019
The people we work with are more than just teammates - they help us make it through the day and can also help us get ahead in our careers. We spend the bulk of our day with these folks - in fact, 95% of working professionals think it’s a good idea to have friends at work, and 63% say they have relationships with their co-workers outside the office. Based on a recent study we shared last month, having friends at work can also help you advance your career.
We see that our members are 60% more likely to like, comment, share, or message coworkers vs. other connections. That’s why we’ve been exploring ways to help you discover and have meaningful conversations with your coworkers on LinkedIn.
Engage with what your coworkers are sharing online
We all spend a lot of time each week interacting with our teams at work. But there's also a lot of work activity that comes from sharing online. We've heard from you that you don't want to miss posts from your teammates, so you can comment on their latest project, extend congratulations on a work milestone, or chat about the trending news of the day. Plus, wouldn’t it be great to walk into your next meeting and already know your manager has a strong opinion on the latest tech breakthrough and use it as a conversation starter?
That’s why we’re rolling out Teammates, a new feature that helps you quickly add your current teammates on LinkedIn. Simply visit My Network, and look to the left panel. If the feature is enabled for you, you should see the text “Add Teammates,” where you can specify your manager, peers and/or direct reports. From there, we’ll prioritize updates in your feed about your team’s activity on LinkedIn, such as posts, comments, likes, shares, and work anniversaries.
You’ll start to see this feature roll out in the coming months in the U.S. on both desktop and mobile, with global availability coming shortly after. Learn more about the feature here.
Show your colleagues you appreciate them
Another way to build relationships with your coworkers is to show appreciation for their work achievements, both big and small. Just last year we launched LinkedIn Kudos, a fun and easy way to share your appreciation with people in your professional community. And people are really enjoying this simple way to recognize their coworkers - after just a few months we hit 3 million kudos shared on LinkedIn.
We’ve also recently added more artwork choices to allow you to customize your kudos, and added the ability for you to send more personal kudos within messaging.
Not sure where to start? Give the “Team Player” kudos to a colleague who helped you meet a deadline, or give the “Going Above and Beyond” kudos to the intern on your team exceeding expectations on their internship. Sharing this with your network will show you value your team and the work they do.
Keep in touch when you are no longer working together
Another benefit of connecting and engaging with your current colleagues on LinkedIn? Well, if someone on your team is leaving the company (or if you are leaving), it will be easier to stay connected for the long term. With messaging on LinkedIn, it doesn’t matter if contact information changes from job to job, you can always stay connected. Think of it as an everlasting address book.
If you are looking to make a job change, previous coworkers can help make connections with hiring managers they know, serve as a reference, or even refer you for jobs at their current company. In fact, almost three-quarters of working professionals say they have or would hire a friend.
Your professional relationships are important and we want to make sure you have the right tools to nurture and build relationships that impact your career. Whatever you’re in it for, we’re in it together.