Teamwork is an essential ingredient in an efficient work environment, but how do you build that strong and healthy bond? Here are tips on how to promote office camaraderie:

Friendly Competition

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? It brings people together and helps them bond over a common goal: winning. There are many ways you can go about creating friendly competition among your team members. Sports is a great way to bring teammates together; for example, during the fall, create a fantasy football league or create pools for bets on game outcomes. In the end, friendly smack talk and laughter will strength the team’s bond.

Re-map Your Office

Is the office layout conducive to dialogue? If not, you may want to consider rearranging. Cubicles can crush conversation, so many offices have been adapting an open-studio office design. Other organizations use cubicles with low, semi-private walls to allow conversation when appropriate. Although there’s no one-size-fits-all office arrangement, many agree clusters and rows of desks have worked well in encouraging discourse in the workplace.

Team Outings

Team outings, like lunches and happy hours, are a great way to foster team camaraderie outside of the office. The informal setting will help everyone feel at ease and break down professional barriers. If your company can afford to splurge, consider taking your team to a professional sports game or to a nice restaurant for dinner to show a little appreciation, too.

Many Americans are with their coworkers the majority of the day, so ideally, it would be valuable for the organization if everyone got along and worked well together. If you set the stage for office camaraderie, your organization will see the benefits of strong teamwork.