LinkedIn adds Teammates to help grow professional relationships

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According to user data from professional social network LinkedIn, people are 60 per cent more likely to like, comment, share or message co-workers vs any other connection. 95 per cent of working professionals also believe it is a good idea to have friends at work; with 63 per cent saying they have a relationship with co-workers outside of the office. According to a recent study conducted by LinkedIn.

That’s why, as part of ongoing efforts to foster good relationships on the platform and boost its users’ team spirit, LinkedIn is launching ‘Teammates’ – a new feature which highlights posts from people you work with directly.

The new update will be rolled out across the US over the coming months for both desktop and mobile; being extended globally shortly after.

For those who gain access to the new feature, a new ‘Add Teammates’ option will appear next to the ‘My Network’ menu where you can add connections including managers, peers and direct reports. Post from and updates about these users – such as comments, likes, shares, and work anniversaries – will them be prioritised in the main feed.

In addition to ‘Teammates’, LinkedIn has also introduced a suite of new artwork to its co-worker appreciation tool, Kudos, along with the ability to send more personal Kudos via its messaging service.

Just a few months of launching the tool, the social network saw over three million Kudos shares – as users flocked to show their appreciation for friends, co-workers and connections.