Much is made of the social aspect of work. When we are briefed on new jobs and if we meet new clients they tell us of the social aspect of their company. Company parties, drinks on a Friday, quarterly fun days – this forms part of the sell when we introduce our candidates to clients.
Some of our candidates ask that we introduce them to companies where there is a large social aspect to work. Some of this is down to age and also there is an element of the city – people in the early stages of their career often look to work to provide their social life, particularly if they are new to town. I am still in touch with people who I worked with in my first job both as friends and also as colleagues.
Networking starts on day one of your career which is why those cultural questions and the cultural match is so important.
Employee engagement is key and that starts from the welcome and on boarding process. One of the things we hear when candidates are faced with resignation is: “I love my team it’s going to be hard to leave”, that doesn’t come from just working together, that comes from bonding over lunch/drinks/zip-wiring and working to a common goal.
We know that all work and no play makes for a stressful environment so have a look around you – do you and your team or your colleagues need a night out? Do it! At Hasson Associates we try to go out at least once a quarter if not more, it’s a chance to get to know your colleagues away from the pressure of the day.
Last month, on a gloriously sunny day, we had our annual Summer Party, a chance for everyone to relax & reward all of the hard work we are doing. The party gods where definitely with us and we boarded the Hidden Depths Canal cruises picturesque barge at Kings Cross and headed up to Camden through the locks and then back down to Islington. There was plenty of sun, drinks & frivolity on-board for 2 hours, complete with Sinead’s very own party playlist, and it was really interesting to see London from the water – the contrast between the canal and some of the modern buildings at King’s Cross is part of what makes London great.
After the boat trip we had lunch in the fabulous Caravan, Granary Square and we had a delicious and slightly riotous meal, complete with a mini table quiz for the slightly competitive amongst us. We ended our fabulous day with a drink in the sun and a few races in the water fountains outside, proving all of us are still young at heart!
It was definitely a great team bonding day, everyone relaxed, and felt rewarded & joined in the fun to the utmost. Our experience is that the team that plays together definitely stays together, so make sure your company gets on board!!