Posts tagged ‘water cooler’

November 5, 2010

The workplace needs more high fives.

Think about your average work day. Even if you love what you do (even if just some or most of the time), chances are you anticipate talking around the “water cooler” (ha, I love vintage references) with your co-workers. After all, we aren’t robots…yet.

A recent study aimed at finding a correlation between workplace downtime and productivity.

The study of 130 employees in a range of careers, from sales to management, measured their level of enthusiasm and positive feelings about their work after interactions with co-workers. Each day for five days they were asked what was the most positive thing they had done, whether they had shared that experience with other people at work, and about how their co-workers responded.

Findings suggest that good news in ones personal life didn’t lead to enhanced work performance, but positive responses from co-workers did improve work performance.

“When you receive an enthusiastic or encouraging response from your co-workers, you will be happier with your job, and this will tend to lead you to act in ways that benefit the organization,” she said. For example, you might go to some trouble to help out another co-worker, defend the company against criticism, or even volunteer for an event to build employee morale.

Employers should recognize how positive relationships among employees positively impacts workplace morale.

Photo Credit: Gin_Soak, Flickr

What do you think: When’s the last time you celebrated or enjoyed non work-related information with your co-workers while at the office? When’s the last time you high-fived a co-worker?

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