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
- Over-socializing. There is a time and place for everything. When socializing begins to interfere with the productivity of your employees, that is when you have a problem. Keep an eye on how much your employees socialize; if it begins to border along the lines of gossiping and negative commentary, that is when you have to step in and make sure things don’t get out of hand.