Social Networks Affect Workplace Productivity, Earning Potential

A new study confirms that it’s not what you know, but who you know that can lead you to success.

Researchers found people with large and loosely connected social networks have an easier time acquiring information, while smaller, tighter networks amplify peer pressure. Both of these things put women in the workplace at a disadvantage because they are more likely to be in smaller, tighter social networks, which means they have more peer pressure in an environment where information is essential.

Men, on the other hand, were more likely to have large and loosely connected social networks, giving them an advantage at work. The researchers say that in uncertain work environments, where high-risk, high-reward projects are the norm, access to information via large, loose social networks helps workers gauge which projects are worth taking on.  (UPI)