The most important person on any team may well be the “glue guy” or “glue gal ” — you know, the one who holds everyone together. Shawn Achor, the Harvard-trained researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, cites research from the Yale School of Management that found social cohesion is a better predictor of a team’s success and profit than the team’s collective IQ or years of experience. Creating a sense of community leads to greater employee engagement, and in an era when more people are admitting to dissatisfaction on the job, this bonding can be a boon to business.
Some corporations actually create programs to encourage socializing. For instance, Nationwide Insurance has the “Nationwide Activities Association,” which is described as an “internal group that sponsors athletic leagues and a variety of clubs.” But even if your place of employment doesn’t have a similar type of program, there’s nothing to stop you from being the sticky one who bonds your team by bringing in donuts, organizing a happy hour or sharing a funny (workplace appropriate!) story.