The Power Of Socializing At Work
Employees who work full-time spend most of their time in the workplace. And this is the reason why work relationships are so crucial to the well-being of the employee. These work relationships can either negatively or positively influence an employee’s productivity, stress levels, and usual feelings of happiness. All of these factors not only influence the work performance of employees but also their health.
Good social connections make people healthier and happier, which gets translated into work performance. Employers who encourage socializing at work and help employees form healthy relationships with one another help create a successful workforce.
Here are some ideas for encouraging social connections at your workplace:
Build A Social Site
At times it becomes a bit difficult for employees to socialize as they don’t hold an area in the workplace where they can feel comfortable and socialize. Building a “social Spot” for employees will provide them with a range where they can freely socialize or decompress without disturbing other colleagues. You can do so by setting up a few couches or chairs near popular spots – for example, near the break room or the area close to the water cooler.
Find something or other to celebrate with your employees. While promotions or birthdays are always a reason for celebration, start thinking something just out of the box and find different reasons to celebrate. Conduct annual ceremonies to acknowledge employees for their work, host appreciation day for employees once a month or take your crew out for a dinner or lunch after attaining any specific goal.
Sometimes socializing at work becomes a bit difficult due to office layout or several departments not having any communication with one another. By simply taking some moments to introduce teammates from various departments, employers can offer an opportunity for building social connection at work. Employees will also benefit from having team outings –such as outdoor lunches or events and building connections with other employees coming from other departments that they typically don’t get to see often.