The amount of social interaction in the workplace has a strong impact on personal satisfaction, motivation, and performance. Companies today, therefore, try to create a working environment where employees are forced to interact with each other. Apple built its new campus for the corporate headquarter in a round shape, where people can easily meet in the central park, access different divisions quickly and where they have hang-out areas that facilitate the communication between different departments. All of this promotes the exchange of information between individuals which helps to spark innovation as a result of the collaboration between people with diverse mindsets, educational backgrounds, and responsibilities. Not only is this social interaction an essential need of our human character, but it further fosters the relationships between employees which establish a bond of trust.
This trust helps to smooth team working processes that will then run more efficiently because people know that they can rely on each other. On top of that, people who often interact with each other have a better understanding and even care more about the needs of the other team members. Thus, it is important to create a working environment where employees are incentivized to interact with each other and where their communication is facilitated in every way.
A manager has the power to influence the composition of teams, the amount of teamwork, and the distribution of shared responsibilities over different employees and departments. In some cases, it is not possible to divide work tasks between several individuals, but in general, collaborating helps to avoid mistakes, spurs creativity and makes the work more enjoyable. On top of this work-related interaction, team building events are a great way to bring employees closer together, to establish this bond of trust and to create an atmosphere where everyone is rallied around the same company goal.