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 staff are continually doubting whether or not they belong in an organisation, then disengagement may be the problem. 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 staff feel that they are 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.
Despite the benefits, this area of business is often low on the list of managerial priorities.
Below, we explore some ways in which you can develop a healthy working environment.
Staff need to know that their role matters within the organisation. Their work needs to be contributing towards something and they need to know what that something is. This will provide meaning to labour and a sense of achievement upon completion.
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. Especially 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 teambuilding. 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 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. Also make them optional so that they won’t feel like extra work.
A sense of employee belonging cannot be forced. Managers must encourage staff engagement organically. Improving belonging comes from monitoring and assessing staff pulse in order to identify the areas that need improvement.
Qualitative data analysis can highlight issues faced by staff and insight into the collective opinion on what it’s like to work at your business. Problems in the workplace can easily be resolved if you understand how your staff feel and what they think needs to be in place to alleviate issues.
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.