Encourage Your Employee to Connect Socially at Work
You obviously want your employees to be productive and to be actually working while they’re at work (I know, that’s a revolutionary concept). So, it might be tempting to squash personal conversations, but no one can work 8 hours a day without a break (unless you have a team of robots, of course).
Encourage those personal conversations occasionally. Personal conversations will help your employees develop friendships with each other. And, when an employee has a friend at work, they’re less likely to get sick and miss work. They’ll end up being more productive and can even learn new skills faster.
Besides encouraging personal conversations, you can help your employees build friendships by encouraging them to
help each other out,
host a happy hour after work,
eat lunch with other team members, and
celebrate milestones (both personal and professional).
Communicate Regularly & Openly
You set the tone in the office. If you’re not communicating openly, honestly, and consistently with your employees, then rumors will fly and gossip will spread like wildfire. But, if you’re transparent, you’ll encourage your employees to be open and honest with each other, too.
Your employees have lives outside of work (I know, that’s another revolutionary concept). And sometimes, those lives can interfere with work. Try to be understanding and empathetic.
If you’re empathetic, your employees will want to stick around longer because they know you care about them. Ask them questions that aren’t related to work so you can get to know them better. And, if it seems like they’re having issues at home (maybe they’re taking care of a sick family member), then ask them (privately) if you can help.
If you have a few extra bucks, consider giving each new employee a small budget. Then, they can decorate their space how they want, without having to pay for it out of pocket.
Share Words of Encouragement
Nobody can be at the top of their game 100% of the time. People get tired and need a break occasionally. When you think that morale might be starting to suffer, send an email thanking your team for their hard work and include a special note of encouragement.
It might just give them the motivation they need to make it to the weekend or their next vacation.
Happy employees are productive employees. If your culture has gotten a little too stuffy lately, you can make your company a happier place with a few simple actions. You can encourage your employees to make friends in the office, communicate with your team openly, be empathetic to their outside lives, let them show their creativity, and share words of encouragement.