Has the workplace become anti-social?

Jan
15

Whether you enjoy your job or not, try to imagine working a day, a week maybe even a month without speaking to your colleagues. Would you feel lonely?

As millions of people in the UK adopt modern ways of working, there isn’t as much pressure on them to be in the office. Whilst this might represent itself as a ‘perk of the job’ what about those left behind? They have a limited numbers of colleagues to communicate and socialise with. For those at home or working remotely, isolation comes to mind. People need people in whatever context.

Many would argue that the workplace has become anti-social in recent years as an ever-growing amount of organisations give their employees more options on how and where they want to work. We’ve identified a couple of examples to explain this change;

1. The cost of commuting

Did you know; “Each month the average UK employee spends £148 on getting to and from work” and the figure for those who live in London is over double. It’s never been so expensive but it’s not just cost that is the issue here. Commuting can also lead to stress, tiredness and frustration for those who feel they waste hours of time every week. Negative feelings are often attached to commuting and the ‘pains’ that come with it.

2. The urge for a work-life balance

Life is precious and more individuals are pining for a work-life balance to avoid burnout and missing important milestones in their families lives. Productivity isn’t pinned to the amount of hours someone works in a day, it’s associated more with the passion and commitment they have towards their role. And ultimately, if a person is happy at home, they are more than likely to be content at work.

So how can this concept be turned on its head?

Easily. It’s not a challenge for colleagues to communicate and check-in if they’re not in the office – especially if expectations are made clear. Staying connected even when working remotely becomes second nature to organisations who use video conferencing solutions and take advantage of the technology now available to them. The workplace doesn’t need to be anti-social. For example, here at Exactive, we use Skype for Business and the biggest benefit is being able to IM or Skype call someone any time of day (as long as they’re online!) and not having to wait hours for a reply. Even when we aren’t all working out of the same office we don’t switch off and stop communicating.

Making time to talk to colleagues about what you’re doing is crucial as it lets them know you care and you aren’t just concerned with yourself. It’s also good to remember that work is something you do not somewhere you go. Therefore, try not to be a stranger and add to the belief that the workplace has become anti-social as we can change that – together.

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