Updated November 30 at 8:36am

Office politics

The Providence Business News Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries.

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PBN Executive Poll

Office politics


How important are interpersonal skills to advancement in your company?

• Very necessary – 92.6%

• Somewhat necessary – 7.4%

• Not necessary – 0%

Do you believe your skill dealing with people was a factor in achieving your current position?

• Yes – 100.0%

• No – 0.0%

How much is water cooler talk a part of your company culture?

• Some – 48.1%

• A little – 29.6%

• A lot – 11.1%

• None – 11.1%

How much do you engage in water cooler discussions?

• I am somewhat involved – 53.6%

• I avoid the water cooler – 42.9%

• I am always involved – 3.6%


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