By: Leila Wolf
Co-workers. You spend more time with them during the week than your family and friends, and they have seen you happy, stressed, frustrated, and excited. Here at Press Kitchen, our most looked-forward-to time of the week are our twice-weekly meetings, where we come together to address any client matters, questions and suggestions. With this arrangement, we keep our bicoastal offices close-knit.
If you’re looking for ways to boost the camaraderie among your employees, or bettering your relationships with your co-workers, see below for our favorite tips:
- Dedicate time during the week to meet with your team and address any problems you might be experiencing. Whether it be with a client or your workload, it’s better to bring it up as soon as bumps in the road arise rather than ignoring them. Our team is great at brainstorming great solutions for the long-term.
- Respect each other’s time and implement an office chat system like G-chat, Slack or Skype. That way, you don’t take your co-workers away from a time consuming task, and you can keep any sensitive questions private. Especially for new-hires who might be nervous about asking too many questions, an instant message is a great way to get over that anxiety and get a quick answer when you’re co-worker is on deadline.
- Take your lunch away from your desk, even if it’s in the breakroom. When you put yourself in a different space for just 30 minutes or an hour, you’re more likely to feel more refreshed to tackle the rest of the workday. It also provides that extra brain space to assist with anything your co-workers might need with a clear mind.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your co-workers about something other than work. Yes, getting the job done in a timely and efficient manner is of the utmost importance, but breaking up the day with funny stories or discussing what’s trending in pop culture can create a sense of closeness among your team. A little bit of laughter never hurt.
- Go to industry events together! Even if you end up just hanging out with each other most of the time hunting down the hor d’oeuvres, it makes networking much more comfortable and fun. These events are also where we get great pictures of the team and a chance to break out of our normal 9-5 routine and relax a bit.
At the end of the day, our inner-office joy comes from the way our team interacts with each other to provide the best results for our clients.