We had our Christmas do and communications day on Friday and it struck me how important it is to spend time just doing social stuff (obviously mixed with some business). We can get caught up in our own world of running around and chasing the next big thing, but its great getting together as a team and just having a laugh. The challenge of communication is one that every company faces – no matter how big or small. It’s an issue that I confront on a daily basis.
But I think we must make time for the social and getting to know our colleagues outside of the work place. It offers so much because doing more social things helps you to get under the skin of what makes individuals tick as well as their likes and dislikes. It can help so much in the day-to-day work environment when we understand the person sat next to us. Embedding a social dimension to work I feel helps to a number of areas:
1. We get a better understanding of what motivates and demotivates our colleagues
2. We begin to accept those behaviours that sometimes we find irritating
3. Informal communication can provide a deeper insight to what’s going on. Often we are more receptive to information in more relaxed environments
4. Creates conditions that are conducive to fun – at the end of the day if it’s not fun then life is miserable
5. We can identify skills and talents that were not forthcoming in the more formal work environment
6. Identify underlying currents of dissatisfaction and do something about it before it becomes a problem
7. Create a more harmonious environment in the long term
Get more socials on the things to do list in the New Year – it may work wonders for communication and team morale! I know its on my to do list.