Three Ways Large Companies Overcome Office Walls

Encouraging Employee Bonding in a Large Company

In large companies, where there are multiple teams that work together daily, it can be difficult for employees to find opportunities to socialize outside of their team or department.

As a manager or owner, you can create a closer company culture, which in turn leads to more productive and satisfied employees. Organizing external social events, creating useful communication channels and setting aside time to intentionally collaborate across teams are all ways to continuously improve company culture.

How do you know if your efforts are working? Keep an eye and ear out for these three conversations happening in your offices. For further guidance, contact HSD Metrics; we help you identify the factors that work best for your employees.

Out-of-Office Socialization

“You like that too? I thought I was the only one!”

When employees are given the chance to socialize with their colleagues outside of work, they create connections about the things that are important in their personal life. These events are important; not only do they create a different kind of bond between employees, they also give employees a chance to take a mental break from their routine. Some great ways to get employees together outside of work are to organize summer cookouts, host holiday parties or suggest a casual weeknight gathering.

Open Communication Channels

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There are many platforms that support open communication through large organizations. Open communication channels allow employees to connect with each other and successfully collaborate across departments. In addition, when large companies have multiple locations or offices, instant messaging channels like Slack, Skype and Sococo keep employees included and connected.

Cross-team Collaboration

“Hey, want to co-work this Thursday?”

Another way to foster relationships in a large company is to intentionally plan time to work on company culture through collaboration. For example, when people from two different teams purposefully collaborate, employees better understand each other’s role within the company. By having strong connections with other departments, employees learn from each other and can use this information to collaborate more effectively.

Strong employee collaboration and bonding is key for keeping your top talent. How does your company stack up? Employee engagement surveys can provide a clear view of office sentiment. Contact us for more information about employee engagement surveys.

About Deb Dwyer

Deborah Dwyer is the founder and president of HSD Metrics. With over 30 years of combined experience in human resource management and survey research, Deborah’s extensive knowledge reaches beyond organizational research to include significant expertise in work climate improvement, retention, hiring and selection, employee orientation, performance management systems, recognition programs, and career development systems.

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