Our need for social interaction is fundamental, and not just with our family and circle of friends. With often more than 50% of our lives spent at work, bonding with our colleagues is essential to our well-being, motivation, and performance.   

In fact, Maslow, in his famous hierarchy of needs, places affection and belonging (components of social interaction) immediately after basic physiological and safety needs. 

So going out for a pint with your workmates is more than just fun. Getting to know each other on a more personal level, strengthens our empathy and understanding, and brings us closer together so that we’re more willing to support each other at work through good times and bad. 

Tip:  Play Jenga with your teammates. The winner might surprise you! 

Social interaction, trust

and leadership

The certainty of being able to fully trust your group is created when your leadership instills a deep sense of security throughout the organization.  

Managers play a role in promoting Social Interaction by ensuring that their team operates as a ‘Circle of Safety’. 

Is your team a ‘Circle of Safety’?

1. Is everyone treated with dignity and respect?

2. Can team members challenge and give feedback to managers?

3. Does your manager frequently ask for feedback?

4. Does your manager listen and show empathy?