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Ever wondered why companies big and small often plan outings and activities for their employees that have absolutely nothing to do with the work they do? Corporate retreats, afternoons at the bowling alley or ballpark, and food trucks and cornhole in the parking lot are clever — and research-backed — methods to take people out of the monotony of their “regular” space and into a place that will bring out a different side of them. These seemingly random ventures are excellent means of fostering togetherness, forging friendships and trust, and generally livening up the joint. These individual social benefits pay dividends back in the office, creating a more positive atmosphere, which can lead to better quality of work and increased productivity…

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