As the air cools and the leaves begin to turn, fall is the perfect time to reflect and renew current connections and create new ones. Connecting to others at work, home, and socially is as essential as the fresh air we breathe.
The power of community support cannot be underestimated. Humans are hard-wired to live with companionship, and the relationships nurtured sustain us through challenges and trials on a physical, emotional, and intellectual level. Connections bring us together as a society, and a microcosm of that effect is also present in the workplace.
According to Sarah Mulcahy, in a recent study by Enboarder, “The data is clear: When employees feel connected, outcomes like retention, collaboration, engagement and motivation flourish. In fact, 94% of all respondents agree they’re more productive when they feel connected to colleagues.”
In the case of hybrid work environments, finding places and times to connect virtually and in person is essential for morale, exchange of ideas, camaraderie, and support. The water cooler and coffee maker may be the most important pieces of equipment in your office. They also provide the best access to celebrity gossip, TV series spoilers, or the latest highlights in your favourite sporting events.
Here’s how you can turn connections into actions:
- Schedule client events to reconnect—make them unique and memorable.
- Arrange offsites for teams and managers—step outside of your comfort zone.
- Provide a buddy for new hires into your business—learn from their experiences.
- Open doors and ears to fresh ideas or concerns—allow various opinions.
- Introduce an occasional potluck lunch program—food brings people together.
- Get physical with a workplace yoga session—stretch and breathe to connect.
Brené Brown wrote, “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
Human interaction presents the opportunity to connect and listen for potential opportunities and client needs. When you give every voice time and consideration, the benefits to all parties are best served.
So, breathe deeply, speak with clarity, and make lasting, meaningful connections with every member of your team, your clients, your family, and friends. Most importantly, connect with yourself.
Connection is key!
Creator & Coach of Finding Your Voice