There’s an increasing body of evidence that supports the notion that employees who socialise with each other are happier, more productive and more engaged in work.
This is partly due to the change in attitudes towards work, particularly with the millennial generation who are fast making up the biggest proportion of the workforce and preferring or expecting a more blended work-personal life. It is also due to the changing ways that we work, moving away from being solely office-based and more towards adopting flexible working practices, resulting in many employers encouraging and employees choosing to socialise with their colleagues in order to establish and maintain relationships with their co-workers in order to avoid isolation and feeling disconnected.
The most successful employers are those who recognise, embrace and encourage increased socialising at work. In many cases, this inevitably not only sparks a dramatic culture change for many businesses but also with that culture change comes a change in the physical design of the workplace.
This culture change, which shifts the emphasis from time and presence in the office to measuring performance based on output, places importance on empowering and trusting employees to manage their time, workload, and productivity.
More often than not, with this new culture change comes a major transformation and re-design of the workspace. Creating a workspace that inspires and facilitates collaboration and friendships to be formed through the introduction of more informal, social, and collaborative areas within the office.
Blending collaborative working spaces and areas dedicated to relaxation and socialising provide more opportunity for employees to not only work together in a more collaborative yet relaxed environment but also to socialise in that way too.
The end result inevitably is a more connected, engaged, happier and productive workforce, which in turn will result in improved performance, productivity and retention.
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