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28 Apr

3 Reasons Office Events are Essential

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Much to the surprise of many people, hosting office events of all kinds can have a great impact on any business. Proven by our habitual nature, humans crave contact and connection with each other. However, the pandemic deterred many of the regular social aspects of everyone’s lives. When a survey about employee engagement and productivity during COVID-19 was conducted, the results revealed that 52% of people feel less connected to their colleagues.

Arguably, we spend more time with our work teams than we do with our families. When we were deprived of face-to-face interaction with colleagues, there was an overbearing, negative impact that was felt—thus making office events even more important.

Here are a few reasons why.

Engagement

Whether your employees are working remotely or on-site, offering some form of an office event has a great impact on engagement. In fact, a recent study shows that 60% of the most productive and engaged workers today had been frequently offered virtual social work events by their companies during COVID-19.

Furthermore, a separate study concludes that highly engaged teams boast 21% greater profitability.

Office events don’t need to be large, elaborate gatherings…they can be as simple as team trivia days or open discussions about non-work-related topics. All that is needed is friendly interaction.

Health and Happiness

Not being able to interact with colleagues can take a serious mental toll. The relationships that are created in the workplace can have positive and negative impacts depending on the situation. However, not having the ability to interact will always negatively affect your employees.

The Harvard Study of Adult Development, which looked at the lives of 724 men for 79 years, confirmed that relationships tremendously impact our health, happiness, and quality of life. It was also found that the quality of relationships mattered more than quantity.

Another study, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, looked at a different perspective of interaction in the workplace. It states that adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of significant health problems such as depression, high blood pressure, and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). The study also found that older adults who are more social and have more quality relationships tend to live longer than those with fewer social connections.

You may be thinking, “If my employees are at work, they will interact because they need to.” This is a skewed way of thinking—taking time to engage with colleagues with regard to non-work-related items helps employees to learn more about each other and build stronger relationships outside of the office.

It’s also important to remember that if your employees feel isolated and overworked without interaction with their colleagues, it could lead to serious burnout. If you think this may be the case in your workplace, consider using an employee burnout guide to help ease the situation.

Recruiting and Retention

Possibly the greatest positive to hosting social office events is that they boost morale and morale boosts retention. While these events may just seem like a fun time away from work, they actually enhance your company’s culture making it more enjoyable for your employees.

By hosting office events throughout the year, it shows your employees that if they work hard, they’ll be rewarded in unique ways.

Office events are also a great way for your employees to connect with colleagues who work in different departments—employees they don’t often have the luxury of interacting with.

As for recruiting, hosting office events shines a positive light on the brand and culture of your company, which is vital to job seekers. Statistics show that 62% of job seekers use social media to evaluate a potential employer’s brand.

You have the ability to highlight what kind of business you run by showing potential candidates that you emphasize happiness, engagement, and positive culture just as much as you do the work your employees perform.

If you want to learn more about office events or anything that has to do with human resources, consider working with a professional employer organization (PEO) like Vensure Employer Services. PEOs are masters of human resources and can provide a wide range of resources like work from home policy templates, write-up forms, and recruiting guides.

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