The future workplace is turning out to be very different to the traditional office. We’ve already spoken about how the physical workspace may change in the future, but as businesses focus on building unique office cultures the ‘social workplace’ is fast becoming the norm. Socialising is an important quality of modern workplaces – did you know that 58% of men and 74% of women would pass up a higher salary if it meant not getting along with co-workers.
Encouraging your employees to socialise as part of their daily routine is part of getting the most from your staff. These are just some of the benefits a social workplace.
We recently spoke about the 5 steps to faster onboarding, but this process can be much easier in an office with a strong social culture. Socialising with colleagues both inside and outside of work is a great way to form relationships with co-workers and will also help your new starter to build the confidence they need to excel. Research has also found that employees learn 65% of their roles from co-workers, as opposed to just 15% from managers.
In a fast-paced office environment it’s easy to overlook an email or a memo, but during socialisation employees tend to review information and share updates, so missed items are less likely to remain overlooked. Discussing a problem will also lead to employees viewing problems from different perspectives, which may help them to find an innovative solution that would have been otherwise missed. This can be especially important in creative workplaces, but any workplace can benefit from a regular low-pressure discussion such as a morning briefing.
Increase morale, loyalty & community
No matter how professional people are, emotions have a real impact on attitudes to work – people are most engaged and effective when they enjoy their work. Research has shown that having a social workplace can increase the quality of work by up to 35%.
Having friends in the office can greatly increase employee morale, which will in turn increase commitment to the office. All of this positivity will also increase company loyalty, as 50% of employees with a best friend at work also report feeling a strong connection to their company.
Do you work in a social workplace or an environment similar to any of our tips? Do you feel it enhanced your output? Share your experience in the comments below.