Lead by Example
Do your employees have friends at work? Numerous studies reveal employees who have friends at work see their jobs as more fun, enjoyable and satisfying, reports Christine M. Riordan in the Harvard Business Review. Friendships at work create a strong support network, both personally and professionally. And friends at work increase the overall satisfaction and engagement of employees up to 50%. As the leader/manager, encourage friendships through friendly and open communication to all team members. This is vital to an organization’s success because it sets the foundation for the organization’s culture. A positive and friendly culture is contagious.
Sponsor regular company-wide events (monthly lunches, annual picnics or even company sponsored philanthropic projects). Incorporating regular events give team members the opportunity to develop friendships within all departments of the organization and help everyone feel more connected.
When interviewing a potential new employee, make it a practice to have all department staff meet with the candidate and give their feedback. By involving your current team members in the selection process, you are helping to ensure the best candidate for the department is selected.
Your organization can increase it’s engagement levels among team members by fostering friendships among your team members. If your organization has a unique way of encouraging friendships among its team members, please share.
1. Harvard Business Review, 2017, We all Need Friends at Work