There is nothing more fundamental to our humanity than our sense of belonging. Author Simon Sinek says that the workplace is our modern tribe. To reap the benefits of our inherent desire to pull together and create positive momentum, we must feel safe, appreciated and free to expand our comfort zone.
How do you do that?
- Create a culture of gratitude. Make sure that all people are acknowledged for the work that they put into the organization.
- Allow people to voice and explore their ideas without the threat of punishment.
- Make expectations clear and consistent. When your team understands what is desired, they can focus on producing results instead of playing politics.
- Contribute to the greater good as a team. When people collaborate, they create a strong bond and feel more meaningful.
We spend at least 40 hours a week at work. Do your employees and colleagues feel happy and respected there? Do you?
Sometimes the best way to make it through a tough day is to give some gratitude for what you have accomplished.