Life is, to wildly understate it, completely different than it was 30 years ago. We have more ways to connect with each other than ever but over 40% of adults in America report feeling lonely. We often spend more awake time with our colleagues every week than we spend with our families. So creating connections at work is truly important to our well-being.
In our “do it all and do it now” culture, we often focus on getting the task done instead of creating connections along the way. People who feel disconnected have a more difficult time maintaining focus on goals, setting long-term goals, finishing strong, and are far more disposed to depression and anxiety.
Creating Connections at Work.
When you prioritize creating connections at work, productivity, longevity on a team, and enthusiasm within a workforce increase. It’s easy for this “personal connection” goal to fall way down on the list of priorities for the day. However, connection is one of those secret weapons where a little investment provides a huge payoff. And nurture it at every level of the business.
1. Start Simple.
Spend 15 minutes talking to one or two of your employees each week. Block off the time in your week and hold yourself accountable. The conversations can be business-related or personal, it doesn’t matter. When employees feel known and heard, they experience the feelings of belonging, worth, respect, and value that keeps them engaged and motivated.
When your team’s productivity goes up, when your team comes up with the next big idea, and when your team has the highest percentage of employee satisfaction, you get the payoff. And, if they’re really on the ball, your executives take notice and ask how you did it. “I have a coffee and a 15-minute conversation with each of my employees every week” will be a shocking, and amazing answer!
1. Make it Viral.
Encourage team members to do the same thing. Grab a peer or someone from another department for 15 minutes of casual conversation each week. Take away the guilt that conversations like this are wasted time. This gives your team members a way to be more familiar with one another, even those colleagues who prefer not to talk too much about their personal lives. Informal interaction between teammates makes formal interaction happen with more ease at the very least.
Connection is a natural outgrowth of seeing employees as human beings and not as a piece of equipment that produces something for the business. Employees must produce for the business. And they do it far better experiencing a connected culture.
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