The importance of good relationships between employees
It is estimated that we spend as much as 30% of our lives working. Break it down and it becomes clear that we spend at least half of our waking hours on work or work-related activities. So if you think about it, colleagues and co-workers will inevitably play a big role in our lives. Add to that the amount of job satisfaction and pleasant human interaction (or not) and it becomes clear that we need to form positive relationships and strong bonds at work. It’s not only customer relationships that are important but the relationships between employees as well.
Why good relationships between employees are important
Quality relationships at work leads to better coordination and cooperation, which influences performance and satisfaction in the work place. This ultimately leads to increased productivity and happier employees. Happier employees usually also mean happier customers.
When people become friendly with each other and find that they enjoy going to work, it enhances positivity towards the job as well as towards the company. Having fun at work and enjoying what you do and find joy in whom you are sharing these responsibilities and tasks with, makes it more fun, which leads to overall improved morale.
People who know each other work well together. Add to that an infrastructure where working together is encouraged and made easy, you will end up with half your recipe for success. Good relationships make engagements over projects and general interaction much smoother and much more productive.
Employer of choice
The other half of your recipe for success lies in employees working for a good company in which the can believe in and where they can learn and grow. Being a good employer will make your organisation attractive to work for. This will help in attracting good candidates and will increase your employee retention rates.
Improved employee retention
When employees feel connected to their place of employment and like the people they work with, they are less likely to leave. Building a network of relationships makes the company culture stronger and offers people a home away from home.
Having strong relationships with those around us makes people feel happier in their work, which increases productivity. Employees feel more connected to each other and therefore are more invested in the projects they share as well as the workplace in which they work together.
Employee relationship building tools
A strong infrastructure where people can interact, engage and build relationships is crucial to any organisation. Your employees need to build relationships while coordinating over projects, engaging with each other during shared tasks and communicating both work-related and interpersonal information and skills.
Resolve Immix’s core offering of end-to-end Information Management and SharePoint Solutions together with specialties in Intranets, Enterprise Content Management and Business Process orchestration are our distinguishing factors. Within our focused areas we offer value propositions that unlock and maximise SharePoint investments with specialisations and capabilities in key business and technology practices.
Microsoft SharePoint is an excellent tool to create an intranet that will keep your employees in touch with each other and bring them closer together.
- Put social to work – Share ideas, discover answers and keep track of what your colleagues are working with new social features throughout SharePoint.
- Share your stuff – Publish content to SharePoint from any Office application and share with people inside and outside your organisation in a few simple clicks.
- Take SharePoint on the go – Share documents, update your activity feed and keep in touch with your colleagues from your mobile phone or tablet.
Enabling employees to interact via social platforms such as Skype and Facebook causes a natural hesitation, but they do need a platform where they can chat, informally engage, test ideas, and share both their accomplishments and stresses regarding work. Consider enabling employees to use such platforms as well.
Enabling good employee relationships
In short, nurturing positive and quality relationships between your employees will benefit your business. It is vital that you have systems in place that enables employees to work together closely on projects, share thoughts and ideas, coordinate on projects and be clear on who is involved in which projects and so forth. This can be done by way of the organisations culture as well as providing access to systems that can be beneficial for employee interaction.
On a more personal level, it can only benefit both the company and the individuals to foster social interaction between employees, although being aware that fraternising should be discouraged. Good employee relationships will create happier people, a happier environment and happier customers.