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The Human Connection

“The only thing that really matters in life are your relationships with other people.” (George Valiant)

Many people believe that socialising with people at work is dangerous – that “you are not here to make friends”.  However the research on what makes people happy shows exactly the opposite, that it is the depth and quality of human connections at work that helps us be happy and productive.  It does make sense – when we are surrounded by people we know, trust and share life and laughs with, we are also in an environment that is supportive and allows us to be creative and confident.  We are in a place that brings out the best in us.

This page has been created to provide a summary of all of the blog posts and ideas that you can use to develop authentic and positive human connections in your workplace.

The Most Powerful Tool – Human Connection: www.howtobehappyatwork.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/the-most-powerful-tool-human-connection/

In this post I review some research showing the positive effects of human connection in the workplace.  I also provide some ideas for how you can begin to forge greater connections with your colleagues, for example:

  1. Notice and react – take some time to notice something of interest about a workmate.  It might be a photo or drawing on their desk, or an activity they did on the weekend.  Ask questions, listen, and be curious to find the spark in that person.  You will be amazed how rewarding it is to know you have made a person feel noticed and special.
  2. Share food – organising celebrations around food has a double benefit, of both nurturing the body and making people feel appreciated.  Who doesn’t like to be spoilt on their birthdays?
  3. Have impromptu get-togethers.  These are great for any occasion – whether you need to celebrate a success, cheer up a colleague going through a rough time, or boost the mood of the whole team.  Going out for an unplanned coffee or beer after work can really make a person feel part of a team.

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