The 9-5 office job had been the norm for many years, until the rise of the gig economy, workplace digitalization, and flexible work arrangements disrupted our traditional ways of working.
While the shift has clear benefits, including better support of a healthy work/life balance, it also comes with some drawbacks. Key among them is the decline of the social connections which were common in the workplace of 20 years ago. The COVID-19 crisis is only further disrupting our ways of working and our workplace social connections
Human beings are innately social. Our social connections deeply influence our mental health and our workplace engagement and productivity. Even as the workplace becomes increasingly digital and remote — and even as businesses navigate this pandemic — it is imperative that companies nurture employees’ social well-being. It’s not just for the good of the employee — it’s also for the good of the organization’s bottom line.
The Necessity of Social Well-Being Support
Employees want to feel connected and included in the workplace. In fact, those employees who are socially isolated at work are often less productive, and they may even have higher mortality rates. This is why it is so important for organizations to do whatever they can to ensure their employees don’t just feel like they are part of a team, but truly are in practice.
Cultivating healthy workplace social relationships was one thing when the traditional office job was the norm. With nearly everyone working remotely now, it can be especially difficult to cultivate social connections at work. Still, this is a dire challenge that must be addressed. Even once the pandemic has passed, our new ways of working will be the norm for future generations. For the professionals of tomorrow, work will be more virtual and flexible than ever before. The social aspects of the office will not longer be standard, and those employers that can support social well-being will have a real differentiator in a competitive talent market. Read more here…