I love socializing. And if you ask anyone, they will tell you my favorite holiday is my college Homecoming. But a close second is the winter extravaganza that is Hanukah/Winter Solstice/Christmas/New Years. I love the festivities, the parties, the outfits, the champagne. I bake, cook and host with the best of them. And I have undoubtedly brought that mentality to our Untold office in Charlotte.
But why? Well, there are a few reasons.
1. Self Preservation: According to Psychology Today, employees who do not feel a sense of friendship and mutual reliance are more prone to feelings of job dissatisfaction. We have a great team. And we want to keep them. A dissatisfied coworker won’t be around for too long.
2. Inspiration: It’s like coming up with a great idea in the shower. Sometimes, you need to take your mind off of a problem to come up with a new solution. It’s a creative pause that gives those little synapses time to refresh.
3. Productivity: Doctoral candidates at M.I.T. conducted a study to find out the effects of workplace socializing. Dr. Pentland and Dr. Waber found that employees with more interactions with coworkers in their social network had the highest productivity. Whether they were talking about work or Xbox, social connections increased overall productivity in the long term.
4. Food: Food makes people happy. Usually. In fact, food is so powerful it may change blood flow in the brain as supported by research conducted by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
5. Fun: OK. I am rationalizing. Yes, all of the above is true. Workplace socializing may be good for our mental health and employee satisfaction. But in all honesty, we just like to have a good time. And sometimes, Wednesday afternoon is the perfect time to let lose at the office with a beer and some Wii Tennis.