How Social is your Workplace?
How Social is your Workplace? Why having a social working environment can enhance your productivity
Fostering friendships at work is a simple way of enhancing employee engagement.
People are happier when they are on good terms with their work colleagues. Studies have shown that close working relationships boost employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work.
Building a culture that embraces fun, team spirit, camaraderie and a common sense of purpose creates a feeling of shared commitment. Building increased levels of employee trust, creativity and communication, leading to staff retention, good morale and healthy productivity and profits.
Great organisations are places where people look forward to going in to work.
A decade of research by the Great Place to Work Institute reveals that “great” companies consistently earn significantly higher marks for “fun”.
A recent study by LinkedIn looked at how different generations think about relationships at work:
- Half of all workers believe friendships with co-workers increase workplace happiness;
- Millennials report that friendships at work have a significant impact on boosting happiness (57%), motivation (50%) and productivity (39%);
- Baby Boomers (those between ages 55-65) report work friendships had no effect on their professional performance.
Nicole Williams, LinkedIn career expert
says “This means that creating an office culture that resonates across generations, roles and personalities is a critical factor in building a successful working environment.”
Fun is an important component of how people work best together. When meeting up, sharing a good time with collegues should be at the forefront as well as productivity, targets and business. It’s all part and parcel of how people operate best together, doing business should be fun!
If you are a potential employer looking to build on your team we can help you find the right fit for your organisation, arrage a meeting and we can the best course of action for you. Or are you a job seeker looking to find a better cultural fit? The summer is a great time to start planning a career move.
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