As organizations experience rapid growth and expansion, new faces are everywhere, and employees are becoming all too unfamiliar with one another. This disparateness in the workplace can result in poor productivity, and, a lack of sense of working as a team to realize an organizations mission statement.
Many organizations have limited channels to assist staff with getting to know one another. In fact, an average person employed 3.5 years can only identify approximately 50% of their co-workers. According to a well known Master of Science in Organization Development consultant, as companies grow beyond 75 people, there becomes an exponential challenge in employee recognition.
Have you ever heard the term “Ehempathy”? Ehempathy is the ability to identify coworkers in adjacent bathroom stalls by the sound of the clearing of their throats. There has to be a better way for staff to get to know each other.
A few of the reasons to promote employee interaction include:
- Maintaining security in a modern workplace can be difficult. All manner of people are constantly coming and going from such facilities making it almost impossible to tell who belongs. This means that it can be hard to keep out criminals, trespassers, spies and other intruders. Knowing who works in your office will help with this issue.
- Social and business introductions can be awkward at the best of times. Many people are simply afraid to go up and introduce themselves to others because they don’t know their names. Many others are scared of talking to casual acquaintances out of the fear that they might know their names. Organizations need a simple and effective means of encouraging communication and camaraderie among coworkers.
- Success comes from a culture where people are driven to win and succeed in everything they do – as an individual and as part of a team, at work and in life. Promoting interaction will help drive success.
This is where Floor Plan Mapper comes in. Having a fully interactive floor plan mapping app provides a simple efficient way for employees to figure out who sits where, and, find out more information about a person. Depending on your policies, employee details such as photo, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, age (not!), birth dates, number of years at company, etc. could be accessed via Floor Plan Mapper. And, of course, the side benefit of Floor Plan Mapper is, new hires can quickly acclimate to their new surroundings, including finding the nearest restroom, where, they can practice their “Ehempathy” skills.