Why your popularity at work matters

Rosie Vare

If you thought the days of striving for popularity were behind you, think again.

According to Mitch Prinstein, the author of 'Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World', your popularity in the workplace matters.

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Popularity is more important than we think.

Prinstein says: "We may think we left the mores of high school behind us but popularity is still very much part of the adult playground."

He claims that popularity has a lot to do with happiness and humans need validation from their peers.

A study done at Google showed that two things predict happiness and these things mattered more than promotions, raises and perks.

The first one was receiving constructive feedback from managers and the other was simply how much people felt they were liked.

The ability to establish relationships is important to success.

Prinstein says there are two kinds of popularity: one that helps us and one that can potentially harm us.