Social interaction is important for seafarers onboard their vessels as it supports their psychological well-being, promotes crew cohesion and teamwork, reduces stress, facilitates knowledge exchange, and fosters cultural and social adaptation. It plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy and productive work environment at sea.
ISWAN published the second report of its ‘’SIM Project’’, providing insight into life on board and the benefits of social interaction for crew wellbeing. The research highlighted that positive relationships between crew form an intrinsic part of a strong on board safety culture. In that regard, engaged and visible leadership, which displays empathetic people skills, is vital to support and provide ‘permission’ for crew to participate in social activities.n June 2022,
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Crew mood on board is highly susceptible to external influences
– Positive changes to mood on board are linked to supportive leadership, social activities and a diverse and inclusive environment on board.
– Negative changes to mood on board are linked to frequent port calls, fatigue, bad weather, poor or no Wi-Fi access, and not having enough time to socialise with crew mates
6 social interaction activities onboard
They encourage increased communication and teamwork.
They add to the sense of achievement that comes with winning and enhances the enjoyment of participating.
Safety drills are classed as work and not leisure but they may also present an opportunity for the crew to enjoyably interact through learning.
#4 Celebration of special occasions
Celebrations – such as birthdays, religious festivals, and the Day of the Seafarer – bring people together to take part in something enjoyable.
Mealtimes can be the highlight of a seafarer’s day and an opportunity for people to get to know one another better.
#6 Team bonding activities
Including barbeques, table tennis, basketball, gaming (e.g. Play Station 4), karaoke nights.
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