The “water-cooler effect” is an informal space where members of an organisation gather. People can bond, socialise, spark new ideas and form collaborations. What’s not to like?
It’s often cited as an important reason for everyone being on premise, and why remote working is not effective. You just don’t get the cohesion. It’s a powerful argument.
You don’t often hear about the darker side of the “water-cooler effect”. One where people gather, spread hurtful gossip, plot against their colleagues, and inch-by-inch create a toxic and fragmented culture.
So what’s really going on in your organisation? Is this making you think?
My goal is to create a culture where the positive attributes of the water-cooler effect are baked-in, so innovation is more likely to happen rather than by chance.
It’s a three-stage process of first creating a culture that talks together, moving to a culture that talks innovation, and finally, a culture that actually innovates.
This is a speciality of mine and I won’t lie, it takes time, training and support – but the results can be phenomenal!
Contact me to boost productivity and not rely on chance!