Children are the future; today’s tots could be tomorrow’s executives, doctors or leaders. So, it’s important that children are given the opportunity to socialise from a young age. Particularly as social skills are considered one of the most important skills we develop through our childhood. Affecting our job success, relationships and personal emotional health. 

Research in the past has shown that children who did receive sufficient socialisation while young had a higher chanceof developing social anxiety during their teens. This can be carried through to adult life leading to anxiety and even depression.

Every child will be different, some will of course be shyer, and it’s important that socialisation is never forced, but instead encouraged. Small steps towards positive socialisation at a young age will make it easier for children to socialise once they start school. The importance of starting young cannot be promoted strongly enough, as social skills can be harder to teach as children develop. Should you be concerned about your young child’s socialisation skills, you can approach their teacher or enrol them into a social skills group. Targeted social skills groups are good for bringing children of a similar age group together, to enable positive communication with their future classmates and colleagues. 

We look at some other ways social skills can be beneficial to our adult life;

Positive Relationships

Social skills go a long way when forming positive relationships with others. Good social skills are required for encouraging trust but also ensure a healthy understanding of setting and following relationship boundaries. Personal relationships help you progress in life, from emotional development to advancing in your career. 

An adult with healthy socialisation skills is less likely to be taken advantage of in or out of the workplace. They will also be able to better build positive relationships with their colleagues, promoting an optimistic workplace where everyone is well supported and happy. 

Team building exercises are popular in the workplace for promoting communication, co-operation and relationships between colleagues. They can particularly helpful for encouraging quieter members of the workforce to get involved and can be beneficial to adults that may be lacking in their social skills. Potentially, these exercises can be adapted to younger groups and can be a great, fun way of promoting social skills in youngsters, click here to learn more.

Enhanced Communication

Communication between individuals is important, it allows us to bond with others, build trust and forge lasting friendships which will support us in our adult life. Without practised, positive social skills, communication can break down leading to misunderstandings and conflict. Good social skills will also encourage healthy communication with the right people. Ensuring individuals can recognise negative communication and take action that shows empathy or where necessary, self-preservation.

Increased Quality of Life

Although it may not be obvious to all straight away why social skills will encourage an increased quality of life, it’s all down to the opportunities good social skills bring. A healthier approach to forming and keeping relationships that are beneficial and encouraging. More self-confidence which often leads to taking charge in the workplace opening more prospects for promotion and self-development. 

Positive social skills also assist in resolving disagreements, meaning less exposure to negative communication and promoting empathy. This encourages healthy boundaries and helps individuals know when to remove or restrict a person’s poor influence in their life. 

While there is plenty of information available on developing social skills in children and promoting interpersonal skills in adults. Make sure to approach a social development professional if you suspect your child is falling behind in their social skills. Alternatively, contact a team building co-operation should you be seeking social development activities for your workplace in order to build positive relationships withcolleagues.