Importance of Workplace Interactions
Psychologists say that maintaining a solid connection with fellow workers can have a significant impact on an employee's mental health, physical health, mental behavior, and mortality risk.
FREMONT, CA: Workplaces and work culture have undergone significant changes over the last one and half years. The regulations imposed to control the spread of the virus have made social interaction something that needs to be done with extreme caution. As the world is slowly crawling out of the pandemic fear, it is essential to reconsider the significance of social interaction in workplaces.
As humans, it is highly important to maintain healthy social connections in order to thrive in society. When it comes to workplaces, studies show that work relationships can have a great effect on employees’ well-being. Depending on the nature of the relationship, it can either have a negative or a positive effect on an employee’s productivity, stress level, and even general happiness.
In fact, it is the social relationships and interactions in a workplace that builds its culture. Social interaction in an organization is of four types – exchange, cooperation, competition, and conflict. Exchange is where parties exchange their ideas or goods and services, while cooperation is where the workforce works together for a common goal. On the other hand, competition is where two or more employees are working for a goal that only one can achieve. And finally, conflict is where disagreements and arguments are exchanged and discussed.
However, a healthy social interaction can have positive outcomes for the organization. When employers acknowledge employee opinions, this leads to increased engagement, loyalty, trust, and motivation. According to reports, employees with good social connections are more engaged than the ones that don’t maintain any. Providing a space for developing quality work relationships can result in a strong organizational culture. In addition, it helps to cultivate collaboration, teamwork, and creativity.
Moreover, an energetic work environment can elevate the mood of the employees and will resonate with the overall performance and productivity of an organization. Happy minds boost psychological well-being. Hence, maintaining solid connections can also lead to a healthy life. And it is thus important that organizations promote and support workplace interactions and communicate effectively with their employees. Engaged and motivated employees will drive organizations to greater growth and profitability.