- Research shows that Americans struggle to create meaningful connections
- Create impactful connections through authentic conversation with Mixtroz
- Mixtroz can help improve retention, graduation and promotion rates by creating opportunities for peer-to-peer connections
Research shows that Americans struggle to create meaningful connections in everyday life, whether at work, at school, or in their personal lives. As the article “Social Isolation in America: Changes in Core Discussion Networks over Two Decades” points out, the number of close relationships Americans have is steadily decreasing. In 1985, the number of close confidants among Americans was only three. In 2004, that number dropped to just two.
It’s no surprise that this number of close connections has decreased during the pandemic. In fact, according to Cambridge University Press, social distancing and quarantine—although necessary measures in slowing the spread of the virus—negatively affected the mental health of Americans across the country. Those already susceptible to loneliness and isolation—namely, older adults—saw the worst of it.
We realize now more than ever the importance of strong relationships. In the workplace, professionals are turning to colleagues for camaraderie and support. And science proves that more meaningful connections at work lead to increased productivity, motivation, and job satisfaction.
Mixtroz compels users to initiate impactful peer-to-peer connections through authentic conversation. With these conversations, retention, graduation, and promotion rates increase, whereas turnover and dissatisfaction drop. Improving company culture starts with you and your employees, and Mixtroz is here to help.
Peer Connections and Satisfaction
Employee satisfaction is essential to the success of any business. Workers who feel content with their day-to-day activities produce better work and remain with their companies longer. And when it comes to hiring the best talent, satisfied employees will refer qualified candidates to fill open positions.
Research conducted by Olivet Nazarene University surveyed 3,000 Americans about their working relationships. Of those 3,000 participants, 82 percent reported that they had a close friend at work. When asked to categorize their colleagues into five categories, participants classified them accordingly: coworkers, 41 percent; only-at-work friends, 20 percent; strangers, 22 percent; real friends, 15 percent; and enemies, 2 percent. The average number of work friends was five, although 71 percent of people said they did not have a best friend at work.
Having close confidants at work makes all the difference. Employee loyalty and engagement are only possible when employees feel understood, supported, and motivated by those around them. Mixtroz offers a versatile platform that not only facilitates these cross-departmental connections, but also deepens the relationships within departments using insightful prompts and icebreakers.
Peer Connections and Engagement
Companies are always searching for new ways to get their employees excited about their work. And truthfully, employees want to love the work they do, too. After all, the American workforce spends one-third of their lives at work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Fostering a sense of community and engagement increases employee and student retention, reducing absenteeism. In the workplace, 47 percent of part- or full-time employees value a sense of community. And at school, CDC surveys report higher levels of engagement among students who feel supported, connected, and respected by their peers.
This extends to students from marginalized backgrounds. “The Socialization and Retention of Low-Income College Students: The Impact of a Wrap-Around Intervention” revealed that socialization efforts within the STEM community—including academic, career, and social support services—boosted students' overall academic performance.
Even organizations that understand the impact of socialization on morale may struggle to initiate relationship building. Mixtroz gathers easy-to-digest, actionable data so you can find ways to foster a sense of belonging among colleagues outside of group activities, networking events, and orientation.
Peer Connections and Motivation
In addition to happy employees, companies want employees who can work efficiently and meet tight deadlines. When employees feel a sense of purpose and can measure their impact on a specific project or larger business goal, their motivation, loyalty, and productivity increase.
According to “Positive Practices in the Workplace: Impact on Team Climate, Work Engagement and Task Performance,” employees must sense respect, care, support, inspiration, meaning, and forgiveness to be fully engaged in their working lives. Mixtroz can help employees build and retain these connections through virtual name tags and personal questionnaires.
Peer Connections and Physical Health
Peer-to-peer connections also impact our physical health. Tests conducted on both humans and animals revealed direct causation between social isolation and physical health issues. Limited social interaction can even lead to increased mortality rates, as the article “Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy” points out.
So what can we do to facilitate natural, peer-to-peer connections at work and school so employees and students receive the support they need? Mixtroz makes the science of connection easy with its user-friendly platform. Promote healthy, happy, and productive colleagues and transform your organization for the better by signing up for a free demo.