Social skills = YES. Great article and many true points.
However, I feel like this discussion implies that there are only two types of people: those who do not care much for interacting with those they work with but who fake it, and those who like to socialize at work (to the detriment of their patients) because they lack an appropriate outlet outside of work.
Granted my work experience is all office, but I believe that the majority of folks fall within those two extremes and like to socialize because they like to interact with others. They are not looking for validation of their life, feelings, or existence. They are not ignoring their important job duties, they are appropriate in their topic of conversation, and they genuinely want to connect with their coworkers. The reason being? Many people believe a friendly environment simply makes work more enjoyable.
Please do not assume that, because I would like to talk to you, that I am pathetically lonely and need you to care about me so that I can make it through my day. Consider that I am genuinely interested in YOU.