Socializing with coworkers is key for your career’s success. Knowing your coworkers as people will help you to communicate better, trust each other more, and improve relationships when working together. Additionally, employees who have positive workplace relationships are happier at work and people who are happy at work are more productive, more creative, and more successful. According to Dr. Maynard Brusman, a consulting psychologist, and executive coach, “The modern workplace has become a community center or a ‘home away from home.’ We spend so much of our time at work, that it's natural that we develop relationships in the workplace.”
Here are the top 3 top reasons why socialization with coworkers is good for your career and why you should look to work in a company with a culture that promotes socializing between employees:
Socializing with coworkers increases your learning potential
There’s no doubt that your intellectual capital increases when you share thoughts and ideas. Just discussing a problem with a coworker can bring new ideas and techniques to the table, creating an environment in which problems are solved faster and more efficiently. Never underestimate those thoughts-sharing moments at the water cooler.
"Employees who have positive workplace relationships are happier at work and people who are happy at work are more productive, more creative, and more successful."
Having friends at the workplace increases your productivity
Socializing can help developing empathy and create a high-performance culture among people who are happy to work together on significant goals. Happiness is like a chain reaction, increasing your productivity, reducing mistakes, and opening the door for success.
Success comes with good relationships with coworkers
There’s a higher chance to be considered for a promotion and salary increase when you cultivate good relationships with coworkers. The logic is simple: if socializing with your peers increases your knowledge and your productivity, then it will give you more opportunities to succeed in your career.
Synectics’ culture promotes social encounters between teams and coworkers to allow those connections to be built not only among individuals but between teams and departments also.
“We feel proud of our corporate culture and will keep encouraging our people to seek cohesiveness, collaboration, and trust. When we design our offices, we used the concept of neighborhoods to name zones occupied by teams to reinforce our culture.” Said Ana Hirsbrunner, Chief of Staff.
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