Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Human interaction is necessary for organization growth

Have you ever been employed in an organizations where there were little to no socializing between the employees allowed? How productive would you say you and yor organization were? Don’t get me wrong, it is important to get as much quality work done as possible during a work day. Emphasis on QUALITY. But, shouldn’t there be a line drawn between basic human interaction and expecting individuals to be robots? More research has been done to study the possible effects of human socializing in the workplace. And the results are in. Most research suggests that basic human interaction is needed for knowledge creation, thus organization development. It is impossible for any supervisor to know the exact skills and knowledge that is needed to do every task required for a job on a daily basis. In short, having a casual conversation, not to inappropriate, with your colleagues may stimulate new ways to complete a project or solve a problem in a more efficient manner.

In a time when organizations are more concerned with meeting quotas and measuring everyone’s productive levels, supervisors are not allowing much time for the interaction of employees within organization. Many may do this because of the fear of low productivity levels. However, this worldview may be more of hindrance to organization development than an advantage.

So, the next time your supervisor or you as the supervisor tell your subordinates to stop the chattering, you may just be hindering your company’s growth overall. At the end of the day, an organization is nothing without its people. As a matter of fact, individuals are the highest cost and yield the most return on investment within any organization. So think twice about having a coffee and conversations by the water cooler, you may solve some of the world’s biggest issues. 

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