Are you looking to boost your employee engagement, retention and even productivity? There is a natural solution to this. Encourage workplace friendships! We’re all social beings (to varying degrees), so providing opportunities for employees to interact with each other in a social setting is beneficial to everyone.
According to Gallup and their Q12 employee engagement survey, having a best friend at work correlates to a happier population which in turn leads to loyalty, better stress management and better business outcomes. You might be asking yourself why these things are related to having a best friend. It might seem strange, but employees who report in the Gallup survey that they have a work best friend are “43% more likely to report having received praise or recognition for their work in the last seven days and 37% more likely to report that someone at work encourages their development.” These two statistics alone lead to employees wanting to stay at their current organization instead of looking for something new. If someone is having a bad day at work? Grabbing that friend for a vent session or a brief walk can instantly turn the focus and mood of the day around. Not only will they come back refreshed and more productive, but they won’t be carrying around extra stress.
At Healthstat we like to practice what we preach, so take a look at a few of the successful ideas we have implemented!
Monthly Town Hall
Each month we gather together in the office and livestream to our remote family, a 20 minute presentation about different topics ranging from introducing new team members to highlighting a specific service, department or upcoming event. The Town Hall meeting is all about demystifying different aspects of the company. Another reason this meeting is so successful? After the presentation everyone in the office sits together eating lunch which is provided by the company.
Team Off Sites
Taking your team out of the office is a great idea! Whether you go out for lunch, happy hour, volunteering or even bowling this gives your team a stress free chance to mingle and get to know each other outside of work projects.
Join a Sports League
Start a team and open it up to everyone in the company. You might be surprised at who wants to play! Try a non-contact sport like kickball or softball where people of all shapes, sizes and ages can play together. Not sporty? No worries, encourage employees to come cheer on your company team and have something fun to talk about during the week.
So in honor of National Friendship Day, get out there and mingle with your co-workers! Let us know what fun activities you and your organizations try.