Socializing In and Outside of Work (Part II)

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Yesterday, we started our discussion on socializing in the workplace by giving you three reasons why co-workers should socialize, and a few things to avoid while you do.

As we mentioned, socializing is more than just the bland water cooler talk we all try to avoid. It is an essential part of running a successful business. In short, communication is essential to your everyday tasks in the workplace, and what better way to improve your employees’ communication skills among their peers than to get them socializing?

So today, we are going to give you a few reasons why you should let your employees socialize (and what to look out for). Take a look below:

3 reasons why you should let your employees socialize

  • Team building. Socializing is a great team building exercise. By allowing your employees to get to know one another, they begin to understand the work habits of their fellow teammates, in turn allowing them to work more efficiently because they know what to expect.
  • It’s a good creativity/productivity booster. Allowing your employees to talk is also a great way to keep productivity high and the creativity flowing because it helps with employee satisfaction. Employee satisfaction is an important part of a company’s success.

    When your employees feel like they are working with others who they actually enjoy talking to, then chances are they will be much happier doing what they do. On the other hand, if it was frowned upon for them to socialize and form friendships in the workplace, your employees would most likely feel less obligated to work hard because they don’t feel any sort of attachment to their work or their co-workers.

  • It’s great for new employees. Socializing is also a great way to introduce new employees to the team and familiarize them with the company culture. If your employees already feel comfortable with socializing, then there is no need to force them to socialize when it comes to meeting the “new guys.” In turn, their efforts will be much more genuine, giving the new employees a better sense of how the company works, and making it much easier and faster for them to feel comfortable working with the team.

Things to look out for

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Socializing In and Outside of Work (Part I)

Socializing In and Outside of Work (Part I)

“Water cooler talk” gets a pretty bad rap. More often than not, we try our best to avoid the kinds of situations where we are forced to awkwardly talk about things like the weather when we just want to grab some coffee or enjoy a moment alone in the break room.

Even so, socializing is a great (if not very important) tool when it comes to a successful workplace environment. To show you what we mean, we are going to give you a few reasons why socializing is so important, from why employees should do it, to why employers should let their employees do it.

For today, we’ll talk about why it is important for coworkers to socialize with one another, and what to avoid when you do. Take a look below:

3 reasons why you should socialize with your coworkers

  • Networking. Simply put, socializing helps you to network with likeminded individuals, giving you the opportunity to branch out and meet others who may introduce you to people who can take you in the right direction, possibly the next big step in your career.
  • Establishing yourself. Following from our point above, socializing is a great way to establish yourself among your co-workers. If people get to know you, then chances are they’ll feel more comfortable around you and put a certain amount of trust in you. In turn, this puts you in good faith with your co-workers who may just be your top references should you choose to go for that promotion/new position, or move on to another company.
  • It makes you a better communicator. Socializing is also a great way to hone your communication skills. Effective communication skills are an essential part of working in a business environment. Simply stepping out of your shell and talking to your coworkers will make things much easier when it comes to working with clients and customers.

Things to avoid when socializing 

Socializing is great, but there are a few things to be careful here. Below, we’ve listed just a few. Take a look: 

  • Getting drunk. There is nothing wrong with going out for an after work cocktail or beer, or indulging at a holiday party. In fact, getting to know your co-workers off the clock is a great way to unwind and learn a little more about their personal lives. However, it’s best to avoid overdoing it on the alcohol. Not only do you run the risk of saying or possibly doing something you know would be inappropriate, it also sends the message to your fellow coworkers and upper management that you are irresponsible–something no employer wants to know.
  • Gossiping. Another thing to avoid is negative comments or gossip about fellow coworkers. Not only is it unfair to the coworker you’re gossiping about, it also sends the message to the other coworkers around you that they may not be safe to tell you any secrets, even going as far as excluding you from their conversations or after work gatherings.

Check back tomorrow, when we’ll give you our top reasons why employers should let their employees socialize. In the meantime, how do you socialize at work? Let us knows by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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How to Stop Workplace Gossip

Yesterday, we gave you three reasons why you should prevent gossiping in the workplace. As we mentioned, gossiping can cause a lot of trouble in the workplace, especially when it comes to employee dissatisfaction. In turn, you may find yourself in a situation where productivity slows and turnover is high, which is definitely a bad combination to have. 

As a leader, whether of a team or a whole company, it is your job to keep the peace and make sure everyone is able to work in a happy and stress-free environment. So today, we’re going to give you three ways to prevent workplace gossip. Take a look below:

Nip it in the bud early. If possible, try your best to avert a crisis before it even has a chance to bubble up. This requires you to keep an eye on those who you believe to be or know are the gossipers. If you catch them in the act, it is best to set them aside and explain to them the negative impact their comments have on the work environment. We’re not saying you need to hover over everyone’s shoulder, but a little diligence on your part can do a lot to help stop any gossip and hopefully avoid a serious crisis.

Communicate regularly. Gossip often starts when the imaginative minds of certain employees start to wander a bit. One way to prevent this is by making sure everyone is “in-the-know” about anything big going on. Transparency helps to curb the issue because it doesn’t allow them room to speculate–making things much easier on you.

Avoid it yourself. Most importantly, avoid falling prey to gossiping yourself. As a leader, you are the best person for setting an example of how you want your employees to act—so take advantage of this and use it stop those gossipers.

Gossiping happens a lot more often than we think, and sometimes you’ll find yourself simply slipping up and saying whatever is on our mind about someone else.

In instances like these, it is important to check your tone as well the content of what your saying, because there is a fine line between what can be construed as negative gossip and constructive criticism. We think the best approach is to consider how you might take what you say; if you think you’d be offended, then chances are, whoever you are talking about probably would be, too.

Gossiping can be dangerous, affecting the way we work and our desire to work. And while not everyone is looking to gab away in the break room about someone else, it only takes one to cause trouble.

It’s important that leaders do their best to set an example for their team and make sure gossiping is at a minimum, and if possible, gone altogether. It may seem harmless, but gossip can do terrible things for workplace culture–so do your best to stop it before it ever becomes a problem.