Wondering if you should go for that quick drink with colleagues after work? It’s a good idea to say “yes” if you want to improve your team relationships. During office hours, it can be quite a stressful environment running from meeting to meeting, keeping on top of deadlines and ploughing through your workload. There’s little chance of social chit-chat or small talk.
Spending time with colleagues when they’re relaxed and outside of the office can have a positive impact on your work – it’s a chance to get to know each other better, build personal relationships and become more than just ‘work’ colleagues. It create positive workplace morale making your office a happier place to work. It also boosts your daily motivation and productivity.
Once you’ve built a better relationship with your colleagues, it can help solve problems much quicker as you feel more comfortable tackling the issue directly, before the situation escalates.
A huge benefit for companies is a higher employee retention rate. Whilst you need to ensure that employees are being productive and efficient, research shows that a team that feels happy is more beneficial for the company. Employees are more likely to stay in their roles if they work alongside people they enjoy being with and who they see as friends.
At Faith, we have bi-monthly staff socials to give us the chance to spend time together – chatting, drinking, eating and having fun! As we’re only a small team, it’s beneficial for everyone to get along, make friends and improve our relationships to keep the office running smoothly.
Our recent staff socials have included crazy golf and an ‘escape room’ experience.