A recent study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that socialising in the workplace can increase productivity.
The researchers monitor workers’ interactions, and found that those who had the most social interaction with their colleagues had the highest productivity.
Team-bonding events in the workplace are not a new concept, but their benefits may be greater than previously thought.
Non-work related socialising between colleagues helps as boss know their employees on a personal level and helps them know the boss. This also has a commercial benefit, as employees who feel connected to their company are more likely to stay there.
As well as improving workplace productivity, socialising with your colleagues can also help your advance your career, as you may find yourself learning and progressing from your interactions.
So whatever your plans are for the Christmas holidays, maybe it’s worth adding ‘meet up with colleagues’ to your plans.