Back in the day, employees gathered around the corporate water cooler to chat about everything from brainstorming the next great product innovation or closing on loose ends from the last team meeting. Regardless of the topic of discussion, the water cooler was a place where people connected with one another. In this simple way, team-based productivity was organically amplified, synergizing workers and increasing productivity. Such gatherings of like-minded individuals were often the spark that ignited innovative business strategies.
This idea carries through to today’s work environments, where quality team-based productivity begins when companies increase the ability for individuals to connect with one another. This can be a challenge, however, with remote and mobile employees often outnumbering their office-based associates. Enabling employee conversations and collaboration is just as vital to business objectives today as it was decades ago when the water cooler brought workers together. Now, however, companies must think outside of the box to keep employees connected.