Fostering Social Interactions to Improve Employee Wellness

If your closest relationship at work is with a spreadsheet, it’s time to add a little fun to boost social interactions. See how this helps...



If it sometimes feels like the closest relationships being developed at work are with spreadsheets, emails, and any variety of machines, it may be time to add a little fun to boost social interactions.

Employees who have a friend at work are more likely to be engaged than those who don’t. This can lead to innovative discussions, healthy competitions, and meaningful connections that boost overall wellbeing and productivity. The following ideas are easy, affordable and a great way to get people interacting.

1. Costumes and karaoke

Name the day and theme and turn lunch or a late afternoon into karaoke time. Our favorites? ‘80s day would be awesome, but so would “summer” (think Beach Boys and Hawaiian shirts). Decide as a team!

2. Harmony day

Alsco, a New-Zealand-based company, gave us this idea for celebrating cultural diversity (the country celebrates Harmony Day each March): “Harmony day events are those special occasions set aside for employees to display their culture for every other employee to understand them better and appreciate them.”

Since food makes all celebrations tastier, you could encourage people to bring a cultural treat. It’s a great way for everyone to get to know and understand their coworkers better!

3. Social media time budget

Yes, you heard us -- wellness gurus assert that less time spent on social media can add up to more time for fun in real life. Start in the workplace by challenging workers to put themselves on a social media budget (i.e. cut their total social media time in half or spend only 20 minutes per day on social media) and set a goal for how they’ll spend that newfound wealth of time. You can even encourage them to start tracking time spent on electronic devices (there are apps for that) if they’re not sure how much time they currently spend on different social media platforms. While the real winners are the workers who meet or exceed their goals, you could sweeten the deal by offering prizes.

For more health and wellness tips, please contact your certified HR expert. Not a current Stratus HR client? Book a free consultation and our team will contact you shortly!

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