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Workplace Camaraderie: The Secret Ingredient of Next-Level Organizations

Bonny Calfy | July 2, 2021

The studies prove something most will find obvious: There are benefits to enjoying your work environment. Gallup found close work relationships boost employee satisfaction by 50% and having a best friend at work means you’re seven times more likely to be fully engaged in that work. Creating camaraderie also helps engender trust, an important ingredient in effective collaboration.

What can an employer do to build camaraderie in the workplace?

Creating a welcoming environment is a priority for Paycom. Through different events, special programs and a variety of support resources, Paycom is able to help employees build the connections and engagement that forge a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Let’s look at a few ways Paycom is able to give their employees a meaningful, engaging place to work.

Balancing work with play

Stepping away from work for some good-natured competition isn’t just limited to company softball. Paycom’s Extra Mile Challenge is an annual charity initiative in which participants can record the miles they walk, run, hike or bike. Held each June, this is just one of many ways Paycom staff can engage in a bit of friendly competition across departments, and all for a good cause!

Employees can slow down with virtual events like game nights and painting classes or they can participate in Plates of Paycom, a cookbook filled with employee-submitted recipes.

Creating a space for everyone

An essential component of feeling connected is the freedom to be your authentic self. To that end, Paycom initiated a series of facilitator-led discussion groups called Better Conversations. These forums are open to anyone and offer employees a place where they can listen and be heard in frank, honest discussions. The session topics change throughout the year depending on employee interest and the most pressing issues of the day.

Take time to unwind

Transforming an industry requires effort and focus, and to help employees de-stress and recharge, Paycom hosts a variety of events throughout the year for both individuals and groups to help them balance work with play. There are virtual yoga classes and Pets of Paycom, and those who are a bit outdoorsy can participate in our annual Fishing Challenge.

Paycom also recognizes and observes events throughout the year like Green Week, De-Stress Week and National Payroll Week and diversity celebrations that include Black History Month, Pride Month and Women’s History Month. While these activities and events are individually intended as ways to celebrate or relax, they also serve to build personal connections in and around the company.

Engagement across the org chart

Engaging with your employees on an organizational level is important, but relationships between colleagues and team members can have an enormous impact on an individual’s impression of their workplace. Departmental committees, team lunches and team-building activities go a long way toward improving the quality of day-to-day interactions.

According to Gallup, “Engagement is not a measure of happiness or satisfaction. Engagement is about providing employees with the direction, clarity, encouragement and growth they need to perform at their best.” At Paycom, creating that feeling of camaraderie isn’t about just one activity. It’s a holistic, 24/7 approach to the corporate experience where employees receive the coaching they need and recognition, both during work and after they clock out, that helps them cement a bond and want to stay and grow within Paycom. This connection also helps enable collaboration and motivates employees to support each other and the organization as they work together toward achieving their goals.

Are you ready to join a team that’s excited to welcome you aboard? Then get on over to and put in your application today!

About the author
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Bonny Calfy
As Paycom’s employer brand supervisor, Bonny Calfy oversees all recruitment marketing and employer brand efforts nationwide. Her brand awareness efforts extend over 10 years and have included launching the Paycom Careers blog and social media channels and producing recruitment videos, all to help attract top talent nationwide. Outside work, Bonny enjoys reading; fishing; and spending time with her husband, children and friends.