Humans are social creatures. We thrive on feeling as if we fit into the communities around us, whether they’re at home, at a favorite local restaurant or at work. In this article, we’ll be discussing the importance of fostering co-worker peer-to-peer connections in your business. We’ll also be covering why employees who are connected with each other work better and provide the greatest return on investment (ROI) for businesses.

Why you should encourage employee connections

New employee recruiting, onboarding and training are costly. You can increase the return on investment (ROI) for new employees by improving employee connectiveness. Recent studies provide concrete numbers behind the concept illustrating why people are your best capital resource.

Teams that are highly engaged don’t just feel better and happier in general. They also improve profit 21% over disengaged workers. Timely feedback, collaborative teams and empowerment increases the sense of belonging and improves productivity. Employees who feel strong connections at work are also happier and more fulfilled. If your employees are satisfied, they are more likely to stay at your organization.

You may not be convinced that a 21% increase in profits is enough to implement employee connection programs. Disengaged workers cost your organization money, an estimated $550 billion per year inside U.S. companies. People with a sense of connection are also healthier with fewer sick days, participate more in wellness programs and lower health care costs.

These companies have great communities

Workplaces such as Google and Apple are well-known for encouraging employee engagement and providing a fun environment to improve relationships and creativity. You do not need to have private concerts, games and relaxation pods to foster this environment within your organization, but you can foster a positive employee experience by putting people first.

Here are a few other Fortune 100 companies that successfully encourage employee connections. The common denominator is effective communication including all organizational levels and departments. These cross-functional teams focus on fun while getting the job done.

  1. Stryker, a manufacturing and production company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Employees work together and assist others in tough situations to lessen workload. The company fosters a culture where success is defined by how the team delivers to the customer.
  2. Ultimate Software in information technology in Weston, Florida. The emphasis on teamwork and management involvement drive employee passion. The connection brings the sense of family with support in work and life.
  3. Baird, a financial services and insurance company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Even the newest team members have input and achieve implementation of ideas. People engage with each other and listen to everyone’s ideas. The inclusion and genuine caring is fostered via communication.
  4. Cooley LLP, which offers professional services in Palo Alto, California. The culture encourages collaboration and team building. Team support improves process and all employees are encouraged to succeed. Collaboration is encouraged, and they provide a culture that puts people first.
  5. Genentech, in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in South San Francisco, California. Cross-functional teams are encouraged to brainstorm and share ideas. Patients are brought in for workshops to get the “customer” perspective.

Create your workplace community

There are simple things you can do to encourage positive interpersonal relationships across your entire workforce. Cross-functional teams from different branches, remote employees and vendors can stay connected using digital dexterity available in the best collaborative software.

Effective communication tools are vital. In-person meetings and workshops can be tedious and cut into production time. Online collaborative work management (CWM) platforms house information for teams in one location. Team members log in whenever work permits and can collaborate and chat with coworkers.

CWM platforms allow you and your management team to communicate directly with teams also. Encouragement and real-time feedback on work helps build employees’ trust. This fosters a feeling of family and expectations are clearly defined.

Use video conference and keep the sense of face-to-face interaction without costly in-house meetings. You can also create fun company traditions for collaborative teams so they build relationships and feel connected. Send out treat packages to celebrate birthdays remotely or order lunch for different locations for a unified pizza party.

Get the communication tool built for employee collaboration

Your team does not need to be in the same room or even country to collaborate. The Nimbulis CWM is a cloud-based platform accessible from any device. Users have a single log in and access to contacts and important team updates in one location.

Organizational boundaries are transcended, and you can communicate with team members in real-time. When deadlines or priorities change, your teams will know. No fear of updates not getting to the correct team members.

The platform is secure and adaptable to your business needs. Whether you have two or 2,000 employees, the Nimbulis CWM can work for your company. Contact us today to learn more about pricing, the platform or implementation process. We would love to answer your questions.

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