Every office is different. Some are super relaxed and some are very intense. In every office, there are distractions. But are these always bad? I dare say that some distractions can actually be good for a more relaxed culture. Here are three distractions that may not be as harmful as they once seemed…
Smart devices: At one point, cell phones were really frowned upon in the workplace. But these days, with access to mobile apps, your employees are actually more connected to their job when they have their phone in their hand. If an employee leaves their desk for a few minutes, they can still stay connected to their email inbox. If you send a message to a colleague through a collaborative app like Slack or Workplace, they can stay within reach even if they’re away on a coffee run.
Water cooler convos: You don’t want your employees spending half their day engaged in gossip, but a casual conversation at the water cooler can help your team engage each other and build stronger workplace relationships. While the convo might start off focusing on weekend plans, it’s probably just as likely to turn its focus to things happening in the workplace. Stronger work relationships can lead to better collaboration and cooperation.
Ping-pong and pets: Not all offices are pet friendly, and not all offices have space for a ping-pong table. The point here is that your office can find something that will bring your employees joy. A happy workplace is a stress-free workplace and that’s great for morale and productivity.