Are you unknowingly jeopardizing on company productivity?
According to a report by comfortfox, the average employee spends 36 Hours every week in the office. Sadly, most of these are spent on working with technological devices and not on building human connections. Step into any fortune 500 office and you will feel as if technology has sucked life out of the office atmosphere. In a bid to achieve more productivity, managers often jeopardize human connections by “forcing” employees to dehumanize the company culture. Here are 5 Tips for creating unbreakable workplace connections.
Start by paying attention to your remote workers
They spend most of their time at home, on the run or on the road building fortunes for your company. How many times have you remembered their birthdays or anniversaries? This is a typical scenario where out of sight translates to out of mind. Take a break from emailing them revisions and jobs. Set up video conference chats once in a while. The Reporters at Blomberg believe that productivity goes hand in hand with motivation. Ditch the email for audio-visual connections with them and you will surely notice a change in the company’s turnover
Know your employees by name
In fact, know their birthdays and spouses. There’s no exception to this rule – you must call them by their names – from the janitorial staff performing groundwork to the managerial staff making top dollar decisions.
Set up company diners once in a while
Since ancient civilizations, meal times have provided a way to bond seamlessly. Think of creative ways of incorporating lunches and dinners into your company operations. I’ve seen businesses turn Friday afternoons to snack bars. This re-energizes the mind by providing an alternative atmosphere conducive for bonding and brainstorming business innovations.
Set up a positive communication channel
Disclaimer: The best working environments aren’t stress-free, they’re based on constructive criticism. As a manager, you have to inspire confidence to your juniors. Express gratitude in public and reprimand in private. Save the faces of your employees and you will surely see changes in their engagements. What types of connections are you encouraging? Don’t be afraid of testing things. Try out different communication channels and capitalize on what works best.