June 30, 2015
Organizations need to recognize the vital role that employee friendships play in boosting productive, can-do attitudes in the workforce. Fostering a work culture that promotes camaraderie and hiring new employees who fit your culture – new potential work friends – is simply smart business.
People have natural tendency to be social and interact with people around them, so it is only natural that coworkers, who spend so much time with each other, sometimes develop a bond that is more like friendship than mere work acquaintance.
The interrelationship matures and gets stronger with time, as trust grows between friends. In the workplace, friends and acquaintances approach collaboration differently. These differences can be observed by the behaviors and attitudes each workgroup carries out to complete their assignment.
In most cases, friends outperform acquaintances on tasks needed to complete assignments because:
On the other hand, acquaintances, who have less inherent trust in each other, exhibit these behaviors:
In other words, their lack of connection with other work members makes it more challenging to complete tasks successfully and at the highest, most innovative performance levels.
Simply put, work friendships don't just make collaborating more fun or easier, but they also transform the way in which colleagues interact with and support each other throughout the process.
Friendships at work are contagious. They motivate other people who are less collaborative and create an overall culture of trust and loyalty. The friendship group loyalty then results in a shared commitment to and discipline toward the goals.
A positive workplace culture that encourages friendships and collaboration doesn't happen overnight or just because the right people happen to work at the same place. It's built from the ground up and begins with the hiring process.
As a hiring manager, you must establish some guidelines for your hiring team to enhance your employee's work life cycle. Some of the guidelines may include:
Encourage a friendly organizational culture by hiring people who will "gel" together, both on a personal level and in their professional dealings with each other. Your employees and your bottom line will thank you.
Contact us to learn more about how OESuite® can enable your workforce.