Leadership and dedication to your job might improve your favour in the eyes of your boss but won't win you friends among your peers.
Colleagues appreciate social sensitivities more than professional skills in their co-workers, a new study has found.
Being effective – or the ability to deliver results and not let your teammates down – was voted the most crucial trait in a colleague, attracting 37pc of votes, according to a survey of around 2,000 UK adults.
Three in 10 respondents highlighted optimism and enthusiasm as the most important quality in a workmate, prioritising someone who would be able to keep team spirits high during stressful times.
The next most popular feature was trustworthiness, which was deemed to be more relevant to the making of a good colleague than taking the initiative, being knowledgeable and having organisation skills.
Lurking at the lower end of the hierarchy were traits that might be more commonly associated with the workplace, such as leadership and dedication.
"What is interesting from this research is that British workers really are quite focussed – they rated effectiveness the number-one most important trait in their ideal colleague," said Declan Byrne, managing director at One4all Rewards.
"But it’s not all results focussed. British workers also hugely value having colleagues who can act as a bit of a friend – keeping everyone’s spirits up, as well as sharing secrets and worries."
How to be the most loved colleague at work:
Be effective and deliver results (37pc)
Be optimistic and enthusiastic (31pc)
Be trustworthy enough to keep secrets or listen to worries (30pc)
Display initiative (27pc)
Be knowledgeable about what you do (25pc)
Meet deadlines and be organised (24pc)
Be empathetic enough to offer a shoulder to cry on (18pc)
Show leadership (13pc)
Be dedicated – arrive early and stay late (11pc)