Strong social connections within the workplace are a key component of employee engagment and happiness within the work environment, and even employees that contribute on an individual basis need to feel that sense of “belonging to a team” to truly perform at their best. Strong employee connections also help employees manage workplace stress better and increase their sense of wellbeing, which in turn benefits both health and job performance.
Strong connections both within and between teams also improves overall workplace performance, as employees are more likely to approach others with challenging issues, come up with more creative solutions and understand the wider implications of decisions if they connect frequently with colleagues in a variety of ways.
But not all employees are naturally skilled at developing and maintaining a strong network of relationships, and in an environment where many employees work remotely, this can be even more of a challenge. What can you do to help your employees connect with each other? Here are a few ideas to get started:
Start 2021 with the goal of implementing one or more of these programs and you could see the benefits within a matter of months – your employees will get to know each other better, they’ll work together more productively, and you’ll start to notice that your company culture is evolving to be one of “belonging”, in which employees feel part of the team.
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