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
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?