- Aug. 6, 2021
-- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull announced, "Relationships are incredibly important to well-being. It's about more than just meeting with others. As humans, we crave contact and connection with other people. Unfortunately, for many, work and school can be a very lonely place. And while you're probably familiar with the phrase, I'm here to succeed, not to make friends, it's important for everyone to understand just how important social connections really are."
That is why relationships are so important to well-being. These relationships can either positively or negatively affect stress levels, productivity and general feelings of happiness.
Relationships are crucial to effectiveness. Researchers have worked to discover the secret to success, happiness and a good life. A recent study found that relationships greatly impact our health, happiness and quality of life. It was also found that the quality of relationships mattered more than quantity.
Social connection is one of the greatest predictors of effectiveness and reduced stress. It points out that friendships boost happiness, which in turn, also reduces feelings of stress. By helping others foster social connections at work, we can help reduce workplace stress.
Those with friends or social connections at work tend to be more engaged and loyal workers. This is because quality work relationships help build a strong organization culture that emphasizes respect, loyalty and trust. Social connection provides a sense of cohesion, which is essential for cultivating creativity, teamwork and collaboration. For helpful tips, review the Collaboration Guide posted on the Knobull Company page on LinkedIn.
Sometimes it can be difficult for students to socialize because they don't seek an area where they feel comfortable doing so. Finding a "social spot" to connect will give them an area where they can decompress or socialize without distracting other colleagues. Sometimes it's difficult to socialize due to the office or school layout or different groups not having any contact with one another. By simply taking the time to reach out to others from different groups, we can provide an opportunity for social connection.
Encouraging a positive social environment will help us feel more comfortable around one another. We all can help inspire positivity by practicing gratitude, promoting laughter and using collaboration. A weekly breakfast is another great way to bring colleagues together. Try adding in a morning activity to make a breakfast a bit more fun.
Bentley concluded, "Part of cultivating connections includes fostering social connections and supporting social well-being among colleagues. Building social connections doesn't have to mean that all of us should be best friends or that everyone gets along all the time. It's about fostering an environment that supports mutual respect, trust and belonging among peers. To gain added insight, review the Career Boost Guide at the Knobull Company page on LinkedIn."