We’re talking all about the importance of socializing and cultivating relationships on Episode 086 of Productivity Paradox this week. And I know what you’re probably thinking, Socializing? What does that have to do with boosting productivity?
As it turns out… a lot! Friendships and making connections are important when it comes to maintaining happiness and well-being, both in our personal lives and at work. In fact, if you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, you’ll see that Love and Belonging are an essential foundation for who you are and your feelings of security!
So today, I want to take just a little bit of time and share just three ways in which you can cultivate happiness, boost productivity, and strengthen your relationship with your coworkers in the process… because a strong, connected team is a happy team, and often that makes all the difference when it comes to our satisfaction in the workplace.
Let’s jump in!
Before we can really bond with anyone, it’s necessary that we first let them know that we are interested in getting together and making that connection in the first place… right?
When you can, make a solid effort to get together with your coworkers after office hours or even before, during or after meetings. This could be as simple as inviting your coworkers out for a drink or a meal to celebrate the end of another week at the office, ordering in or going out for lunch and asking your team if they would like to join… or simply spending a few moments in the morning greeting your coworkers and asking them how things are going.
Any way that you can show your coworkers that you are interested in learning more about who they are will inevitably encourage them to do the same, strengthening your connection and allowing your relationship at work to flourish.
I talk about the importance of delegation often… and it rings true when it comes to simply building bigger, better bonds with our coworkers!
One sure way to connect with coworkers is to look for areas in which we can collaborate with them. Have a big project coming up? Create a priority list with the steps that you need to take to make sure the project will come to fruition and seek out areas in which you can ask for your coworkers’ advice or help in completing the project.
Taking an interest in your coworkers’ strengths and inviting them to collaborate with you not only eases some of the stress you may feel as you scramble to get everything done… but it also shows your coworkers that you recognize them for the hard-working individuals that they are, and that you appreciate them!
And let’s be honest, a little appreciation goes a long way when it comes to building relationships at work. The next time you’re looking to connect with a coworker? Collaborate!
Just like you might enjoy a little recognition from your boss or higher-ups, I can assure you that your coworkers love being acknowledged for a job well done, too. Even when we aren’t in leadership positions, we can still give credit where credit is due when it comes to our coworkers… and I want to encourage you to give it a try!
The next time you’re looking to strengthen your connection to a coworker, try sending them an email of appreciation – or posting a note on their desk…
You can talk about what it is that wowed you about their work or simply offer a few words of encouragement to keep the positive momentum going. Any way that you can show your coworkers that you see them and that you appreciate having them on your team will inevitably send a message that you care and that you are open to fostering a positive work relationship in the future.
How about you? What are some of the ways that you like to strengthen the bonds with your coworkers? Share your tips for making easy connections in the comments below… And tune in to Episode 086 this week to learn how socializing lends itself to greater productivity at work and at home.