Connect Don’t Disconnect

As February is the month of love, we’ve been thinking about relationships with our colleagues and how we can help improve our working environment. After all, we’re almost as likely to have daily contact with our colleagues (62%) as we are with our own children (64%)! Therefore it’s evident that what happens at work has an impact on our wider attitudes to life.

We live in the most technologically “connected”  generation, but we’re also the most disconnected we’ve ever been. We all know that colleague that sits in the same room as you that prefers to email you rather than talk to you face to face. Or perhaps you’re guilty of that trait – we’re all so busy, right? Why not make more out of your interactions and take time to really connect in person? Face to face meetings are proven to be more effective at generating positive actions and outcomes.

Having successful interactions at work can have a significant influence on employee work performance, both in direct tasks, as well as employee team member and team role effectiveness.

Key features for staying connected

Employee well-being

Some of the top UK companies take employee interaction and social well-being very seriously.

Anglian Water has been voted one of the best UK companies to work for. An employee gives her reason below:

“With clear direction from the top, a friendly working environment and, flexible working, I found my work life balance the best I have ever had. To top this off, there is a great ethos throughout the organisation and I have found everyone I have dealt with very friendly and focused on achieving the same goals. The company clearly values and looks after employees as great benefits are offered.”

It’s interesting that a “friendly working environment” is mentioned before monetary goals or benefits. This is perhaps not surprising when in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs “belonging and love needs” feature before esteem, cognitive and aesthetic needs.

Feeling valued

We asked Collection Pot founder, Wendy Carter, if there was a particular colleague or mentor that made her really feel appreciated and has helped shape the businesswoman she has become today.

Wendy told us; “Feeling valued at work is everything to me and there are some real stand out moments in my career. When working in publishing, I used to have a colleague that would leave post-it notes of positive comments on my desk on a Friday evening so when I came to work on Monday morning it made me smile. It was only a small gesture, but it really helped keep me motivated and upbeat. I’d urge everyone to keep in mind that kindness breeds kindness, and a successful business almost always has a happy workforce behind it.”

Wendy Carter – Founder of Collection Pot.

Board Member of the Incentive Marketing Association Europe and Founder of the Incentive Awards.

The thought really does count

With Collection Pot you can collect money from different contributors easily through a simple online platform and then the lucky recipient can choose to spend their Pot on one of the many exciting gifts and experiences available, or simply have the balance transferred to a bank account or gift card. The possibilities for a colleague’s leaving gift, baby showers, long service, team rewards or a group nights out are endless.

Elaine Keep

Elaine Keep is an accomplished content writer with over 15 years of experience in the field of marketing and content creation for many leading brands, where she shares her passion for research and helping others through her articles. You can also find her in 'mum mode', walking in the countryside or enjoying the dreamy combo of a new non-fiction book with a tea and chocolate bar to hand.

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