We spend a lot of our days surrounded by our colleagues and according to recent studies, those who have a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their work. So, how can employers ensure their employees have a good working community?
Human beings are naturally social creatures and in order to ensure that your employees are always engaged in their work it is important to ensure that they have a good working relationship with the people they are constantly surrounded by.
Good working relationships ensure that your employees are spending less time and energy overcoming the problems associated with negative relationships and more time focusing on opportunities.
Here’s some tips on how we think you could build better work friendships:
It is simpler than you think, all you have to do is schedule some time to work on building the work community.
It doesn’t necessarily need to be team building events, it could be as simple as putting a meeting in the diary to have a discussion as a team, however, if you are looking for something a bit more structured, here are some ideas:
Celebrating special Occasions
Decorating your colleagues desk for their birthday or having a whip round for a card are simple things you can do to ensure they know you are thinking about them. Furthermore, it is always a good idea to celebrate other special occasions such as Christmas. Try and book a Christmas party in advance to make sure all your colleagues can attend and celebrate the year with your whole team.
Team Building Events
Why not schedule some time away from the office by booking a team building events? It is proven that team building activities help strengthen relationships and ensuring that your team can get to know each other away from the daily grind can massively impact their productivity when they are back at work.
Friendships have a huge impact on your mental health and happiness. Good friends relieve stress, provide comfort and joy, and prevent loneliness and isolation. Always schedule some time away from the daily rat race to ensure your work friends are in a good place.