Axero President and Co-founder, Tim Eisenhauer, talks with CIO about why you should encourage workplace distractions.
Why IT leadership shouldn’t be that concerned about workplace distractions
In today’s digital world, face-to-face interactions often take a backseat to texts, messaging and app-enabled communication (think Slack or Hipchat). But encouraging employees to make small talk, chat around the water cooler or in the break room, and swap celebrity gossip over their cubicle walls can actually benefit your business. Here’s how.
1. It strengthens culture
Without a strong company culture, businesses struggle to grow. It’s difficult to attract and retain IT talent if employees don’t feel connected, says Tim Eisenhauer, CEO of collaboration solutions company Axero Solutions. “Employees need to feel comfortable and confident for a positive company culture to develop. Culture is often born from shared interests, many of which have nothing to do with work. It’s unrealistic to expect employees to bond and work well together without the help of water cooler chat,” Eisenhauer says.