A recent survey by the British psychological society (bps) revealed that 94% of UK workers crave a sense of community at work. However, there's a disconnect between what people want and what they're getting. Only 30% feel adequately supported by their workplace, and one in five disagree or strongly disagree with the statement "when I’m at work, I feel like I belong."
In today's world, social connections are more important than ever. Nurturing a strong sense of community is essential for employee wellbeing and engagement. This goes beyond physical interactions and encompasses the importance of virtual connections in the digital age. Employers can leverage technology to foster meaningful connections through virtual team-building activities, online communities, and effective communication platforms.
How to foster social connections at work:
Benefits of investing in social connections:
Investing in social connections within the workplace yields substantial benefits for employers. Increased engagement translates into higher productivity, reduced turnover, and an overall improvement in organisational performance. A thriving workplace community fosters a positive and supportive environment, leading to increased employee satisfaction, loyalty, and a willingness to go the extra mile.
Partnering with circles to create a connected and engaged workforce
Circles is a trusted partner that helps organizations cultivate and nurture social connections within the workplace. Through a data-driven approach and 24/7 support, circles empowers organisations to develop strategies that enhance work-life balance, implement flexible work arrangements, and establish virtual communities for improved wellbeing and performance. Find out more here: Create a Community at Work.
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