3 Reasons Companies Need Their Employees to Network
by Jan Murphy
Most people think of networking as an opportunity to meet and connect with people to solicit referrals for the products or services that they sell. That's generally true and it’s also a great way to meet people to build connections for a job search. So what could your employees possibly gain from networking if neither one of these scenarios were applicable? How would your company benefit from your employees networking especially if it’s employees who work in a non-sales division of the company?
Studies indicate that employee engagement is at an all- time low. Gallup has found two major factors influence employee performance: engagement and well-being.
There are many benefits to business networking for employees but here are my top three:
- Employees can improve their communication skills. At networking events, there’s typically a diverse group of people with varying degrees of interests and backgrounds. It can help employees to move out of their comfort zones, open their minds to new ideas and experiences. It forces them to engage with people they don’t know in a business environment.
- Employees can build self-confidence and self-esteem. Confident employees feel good about themselves and therefore perform better. This is where well-being comes into play. Networking builds confidence!
- It can improve their professional development. They can gain a positive prospective. Most people networking are positive people looking to surround themselves with other positive upbeat people. Sometimes employees are constantly surrounded by negative influences in the workplace. Giving them an opportunity to experience other people’s perspectives who work at different companies can also have a positive impact on the employee.
For companies, there is a possibility of getting more employees engaged that can lead to improved performance on the job through outside influences. It’s also another benefit offered to employees. Many companies are paying gym fees to improve employee health and wellness. One of the best ways to improve the well-being of employees is by helping them to improve their confidence and mental well-being. Most employees never get outside of the office unless it’s going to and from work. It’s an inexpensive alternative and another benefit offered to your employees. By the way, let them find a networking venue that's best suited for them so it's a positive and enjoyable experience.