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Nurturing Your Office Culture and Teaching Interpersonal Skills

Source | LinkedIn : By Duncan Fish

As an HR manager or a Leader in general, you know how important the workplace culture can be in finding and keeping stellar employees. After all, one of the most noted reasons for leaving a job, is because the workplace culture is so poor, the departing employee just can’t take it anymore. With this in mind, you probably also know that social interactions, just for the sake of being social, are important to building a strong office culture. It’s why you plan office morning tea, holiday parties and company picnics. A team who plays together, stays together.

In a dream world, all of your employees would be happy to play along, and would attend every social function and contribute to the social structure of the office. Unfortunately, that’s usually not the case, and there are those few people who simply aren’t interested in chatting with their coworkers or throwing back a couple of beers with their office mates. They’d rather keep their head down and churn out some work — and it’ll probably be some amazing work — but they’re not contributing to the social fabric of your organisation and are harming rather than helping your office culture.

However, you can’t just leave these employees sitting on the sidelines. It’s important for them to understand their importance within the office social scene. Forcing them to participate in activities isn’t the key, though, and won’t really do you much good, if they stand on the edge of the party, an outsider looking in. Instead, start training all of your employees in the methods of great social interactions, for both the benefit of the office as a whole and the benefit of their own careers.

So, how do you bring an all-inclusive culture of social interaction, small-talk and great first impressions into your workspace? My ENGAGE model was created to help people to better understand, influence and connect with others. Each month I take a different topic related to the model and run a webinar on it.

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