It is normal not to love your work 100% of the time. It is, in fact, very rare to find someone who enjoys every task set out for them within their working environment. But if employees are continually doubting whether or not they belong in an organisation itself, there is a great chance of disengagement and, in most cases, resignation. This is not ideal when you are trying to run a successful business!
A sense of belonging results in effective teamwork and better communication. A great working environment often makes employees feel that they are really part of the organisation. If felt included, employees will often work harder and take on responsibility for business success. They do this not because they have to, but because they want to. Moulding and encouraging staff belonging in your workplace is hugely beneficial to successful business operations. Yet, this area of business is often low on the list of managerial priorities, despite its benefits!
Below, we explore some of the ways in which you can develop a healthy working environment in your working environment.
Employees who know that their role matters within the organisation, provides meaning to their labour, a sense of achievement, and furthers their commitment to the business.
No matter what industry you are in, work can be tough. It is, therefore, important that management takes the time to acknowledge a job well-done. Public credit for successes can go a long way in boosting staff morale and cementing a sense of belonging in the organisation. Celebrations are a great way to keep spirits high, but they also allow people a chance to officially congratulate each other and review how the business has developed.
Invest in staff-building exercises. Arrange activities for out-of-hour fun and team-building. Conduct relevant training courses. Provide a space away from the office where people can congregate. Offer office perks, such as lunch coupons at nearby cafes or restaurants.
Whatever you decide to do, managers should help to build the connection between employees by providing opportunities for them to connect outside of work. Talk to your staff and find common interests to ensure the activities you arrange are suitable to your workers (and won’t feel like extra work!). Also, it is important that these activities are not made mandatory, but employees are given the option to attend if they should want to.
A sense of employee belonging cannot be forced. Managers must encourage staff engagement organically, and improving it comes from monitoring and assessing staff pulse in order to identify the areas that need improvement. Qualitative data analysis can provide monumental help in nurturing the workplace environment by highlighting the issues faced by workers and insight into the collective opinion on what it’s like to work at your business. Problems in the workplace network can easily be resolved if you understand exactly how your staff feel and what they think needs to be in place to alleviate issues.
Here at Pansensic, we work with a multitude of global organisations, to help improve staff experiences via qualitative data analysis.
Ensure that your staff experience is beneficial to employee well-being, improve your organisation, and create a better business with Pansensic.
Contact the team today, ask for a demo, or just have a chat and see how we can help you create a better sense of belonging in your workplace.