While some professionals come by it easily, there are many out in the working world that holds a certain stigma towards office socializing. Here are just a few of the benefits that can be attained from socializing with your coworkers.
The all-important networking. As we’ve mentioned time and time again on this site, networking has become an essential part of the modern working world. Even if you’re not looking for work, or not planning to have to look for work, networking allows you to foster those relationships that can be helpful if you find yourself out of work. Socializing with coworkers is just one more way to expand that network.
Helps inspire cooperation.
Part of those stronger connections means that people more easily get to know one another. Without time together outside of work, it can take a long time for coworkers to become comfortable with each other to the point that they can freely collaborate on work. Socializing establishes that comfort zone earlier, allowing for collaboration to occur more naturally and, in most cases, yielding stronger outputs.
Makes for a more proficient workforce.
The connection between coworkers makes a business’ workforce stronger. By having the occasional post-work hang-out, coworkers start to build those stronger connections outside of work which is then brought into work. People more easily get on the same page about projects, new employees are brought up to speed quicker, details are hashed out in a more timely and efficient manner. It can be hard for a manager to see, but coworkers who are closer operate more as a unit.