How To Increase Productivity By Spending Time With People Outside Work

Productivity isn’t always about tools and tactics. Sometimes, it’s about the intangibles like trust, social capital, and relationships. Here are some reasons why you should think twice about avoiding work-related social gatherings.

“I’m a reflection of the community.” ~Tupac Shakur

From the outside, my job as a Community Manager looks like a lot of fun (and it is), because I’m always seen with people around me when not online, but that’s because it’s actually part of the job: to help people connect, communicate, and collaborate.

A lot of the time, people take for granted the importance of developing real friendships and relationships with the people they work with.

What’s the benefit?

Well, when you develop deep bonds with those you work with, you:

  1. Develop trust. Why would this be important? Because when you develop trust, it actually accelerates your ability to ask for favors, get things done, and move people towards a common goal.
  2. Increase productivity – With increased trust, it naturally lends itself to increased productivity. How? Well, think about it. When trust is present within a team, people will spend less time playing mind games, sporting politics, and attempting to bring others down. That means you spend more time doing what’s important, and less on trivial matters during execution.
  3. Increase profit – there’s a lot of research that shows the correlation between productivity and profitability. When you increase productivity (not busy-ness), you ultimately increase your profits. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s interesting how people don’t always see the connection.

This also provides a compelling case for developing a strong “sense of community” to ensures things get done.

Because when people care about one another, things move faster.

When people care about one another, things move faster.

Whenever there is distrust in a workplace, well, we all know what that does to morale and productivity. But when a community has a shared purpose and experiences, no amount of bad times can shake those ties.

Relationships (i.e. social capital) are the glue that binds everything else together but doesn’t often get mentioned in productivity sessions.

Therefore, if you’re going to work with people, work with them. Work those relationships and, if you get a chance, work those dance moves too. It’s those small, subtle social experiences that remind everyone we’re all still human at the end of the day and not mindless drones or wheels in a cog.

It’s those small, subtle social experiences that remind everyone we’re all still human at the end of the day and not mindless drones or wheels in a cog.

Love your life and love the people around you – it will attract much of the same in return.

How much of your time do you devote to spending time with colleagues or coworkers outside of work? 20%? 10%? 0? Share below!

*Feature image courtesy of Pause Fest


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