We've talked about perspective, language and leaders so far in this series about finding meaning at work. This week's topic: connection.
In almost every “happiness at work” article I’ve read, a consistent indicator of satisfaction, happiness and meaning in the workplace is the degree to which an individual forms satisfying friendships with those they work with.
Having a best friend at work is one of the biggest indicators of happiness in the workplace. You’ve probably heard buzz about having “work wives and work husbands,” which all really means that someone’s ability to find meaning in their work can be strongly impacted by the kinds of connections and relationships that are formed.
Leaders can encourage social interaction at the coffee maker, create opportunities for people to talk to one another and get to know each other, have some fun doing it, and in the process see their employee productivity soar.