Workplace

Breakroom Shmoozing

Breakroom Shmoozing

Think of the last place you worked at that you found to be engaging, satisfying, and enjoyable. Next, think of the reasons why you enjoyed your work, and perhaps the factors that kept you at your organization. It is likely that in some way, those reasons involve relationships you had with colleagues in your workplace. In exploring these connections to others in the workplace, it is clear that high quality relationships at work serve various functions and can lead to a multitude of positive outcomes. I wonder, then, what role relationships play in finding meaning at work, particularly in an age in which we are socially defining ourselves by our work? If we want to find more meaning at work, perhaps fostering relationships is a good first step! Could shmoozing and socializing, then, be a good thing?