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6 Ways to Improve Connections with Employees in 2024


Renita Joan

6 Ways to Improve Connections with Employees in 2024
Employee connections are more essential than ever, but those connections don’t just magically appear. Fostering meaningful employee relationships requires deliberate effort and a commitment to building an environment where employees feel valued, heard, and supported.
According to The World Economic Forum’s article The Future of Jobs Report, workplace dynamics are shifting from the traditional norms, making it imperative for organizations to adapt and prioritize employee well-being, connection, and engagement.
Improving employee connections isn’t just a feel-good notion – it’s a strategic imperative. Engaged and connected employees are more productive, innovative, and loyal, leading to a stronger bottom line and a more positive work environment. A Gallup study found that companies with high employee engagement have 21% higher profitability.
However, maintaining an engaged, connected and motivated workforce amidst remote/hybrid work arrangements can be challenging. A report by Forbes says that by 2025, an estimated 36 million Americans are projected to work remotely, marking a 417% increase from previous years. Additionally, 68% of Americans now prefer full remote work, driven by desires for improved work-life balance and reduced stress. The evolving remote and hybrid work trends signal 40% of remote workers experience minimal face-to-face interactions or missing spontaneous connections with their colleagues (HubSpot).  
With remote and hybrid work models on the rise and workplace expectations constantly evolving, how do we build and maintain meaningful connections in 2024?

6 Effective Ways to Create a More Connected Workplace in 2024 

1. Foster Open Communication

According to Forbes, more than 45% of employees report poor communication impacts their trust in both leadership and their team. This underscores the importance of fostering transparent and open dialogue in the workplace.  

Encouraging transparent and open communication to build employee trust and improve their connections. Focus on manager-directed communication. Equip managers with the skills to have meaningful conversations with their teams. Use surveys, pulse checks, and one-on-one meetings to gather regular employee feedback. 

2. Prioritize Employee Well-Being

The lines between work and life are increasingly blurred in the digital age. Companies must take concrete steps to promote work-life balance and prioritize mental health. A study by Deloitte found that 85% of organizations view employee well-being as a very important priority.

Organizations should go beyond traditional benefits and offer robust mental health support and resources. Promote a healthy work-life balance by encouraging employees to take breaks, disconnect after hours, and utilize vacation time. Provide mental health support and resources. Offer access to counseling services, mindfulness programs, and stress management tools. Invest in wellness programs and initiatives by incorporating physical activity, healthy eating habits, and overall well-being through workshops and challenges. Small actions like cutting unnecessary meetings and email after working hours make a difference.

3. Recognition and Appreciation

Acknowledging achievements and milestones is crucial for building a positive and motivating work environment. A well-designed employee recognition program not only boosts morale but also contributes to creating a strong workplace culture. In a survey conducted by Achievers, 82% of employees wish they received more recognition for their work.

Publicly recognize outstanding contributions and team efforts. Create a positive and motivating work environment by celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, team wins, and personal achievements. Connect employees through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as they foster a sense of belonging and allow employees to connect with colleagues with similar interests or backgrounds.

4. Professional Development Opportunities

LinkedIn’s Workplace Learning Report states that 94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development. Also, studies show that a company would be more appealing to 76% of employees if it offered additional skills training to those working there.

Investing in career development directly strengthens the employer-employee relationship. Offer access to training programs, online courses, and skills certifications to help employees stay ahead of the curve. Pair experienced employees with newcomers to facilitate mentorship and coaching initiatives and foster knowledge-sharing and career guidance. Support employees in exploring new skills and interests within the organization. Equip them with the knowledge and skills to effectively utilize the latest technologies such as Generative AI in their work.

5. Team-Building Activities

Organizing team-building events and retreats is a tried-and-true method for strengthening bonds among team members. Incorporating fun and engaging activities breaks the monotony of work and contributes to building lasting connections. Organize virtual and in-person team-building events. 50% of the positive changes in communication patterns within a workplace can be attributed to positive social interaction through team-building activities, according to Harvard Business Review.

The engaging activities can range from online games and trivia nights to collaborative projects and volunteering opportunities. Foster a sense of community through virtual happy hours, online social events, and casual games.

6. Regular Check-ins and Surveys

Regular check-ins and surveys with employees are invaluable approaches for fostering a positive work environment and ensuring strong employee connections. By consistently soliciting feedback and addressing concerns promptly, organizations demonstrate their commitment to employee well-being and engagement. These check-ins provide an opportunity for employees to voice their opinions, contributing to a culture of open communication and trust in the employers and colleagues. According to the Achievers Workforce Institute, 58% of employees want more frequent engagement surveys from their employers. Through these practices, employees can cultivate stronger relationships with one another, leading to greater collaboration, camaraderie, and ultimately, improved team performance.

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