WAYS TO BUILD A CULTURE THAT NURTURES CONNECTEDNESS IN ORGANISATIONS
When we think about the workplace and what makes an employee engaged and increases satisfaction, the first few things that come to our mind are salary, perks, and appraisals. While these are important to make an employee stay in an organization, one aspect that we often forget is having a work culture that has connectedness amongst employees. Work culture is an important aspect of any organization, and it is what makes an organization unique. Positive workplace culture attracts talent, drives engagement, and affects performance.
IMPORTANCE OF CONNECTEDNESS
Connectedness in the workplace is the feeling of being part of a community, a sense of belonging, and a shared culture. When employees feel a deep, strong connection they are more likely to put more effort, have a more positive attitude toward each other, and will also be able to understand each other’s emotional needs. We often talk about how employees need to recognize any change in behavior they see in a colleague as it can help to provide resources. This can be only possible when employees share a connection and feel comfortable in sharing and being vulnerable with each other.
Connectedness amongst employees is important for an organization as well on account of its direct contribution towards the building of a positive work culture. Connection is perhaps the most crucial component of building a productive and efficient workplace. Connectedness has benefits not only for the organizations in terms of productivity but also has an impact on the mental health of employees. It has been found that connectedness is can play a contributory role in preventing the onset of mental health related concerns. The number and quality of social ties people have can directly influence access to social support which is a mediating factor in maintaining mental health and well-being. Positive peer relationships enhance job satisfaction and increase productivity by reducing absenteeism and turnover.
WAYS TO FOSTER EMPLOYEE CONNECTEDNESS
Leaders need to foster an environment where employees feel comfortable connecting, sharing ideas, and feel respected and included. This can be done by encouraging employees to interact outside work by creating social clubs. Another way could be to get to know the employees on a personal level as it helps them feel more invested in the organization and its goals. Supervisors and managers can also help in fostering a sense of connectedness by pairing new hires with mentors, organizing team-building activities, and promoting collaboration.
Ensure employees feel empowered to reach out particularly if they are new hires on the team. A way to reach out is to ask them about how their day is going and if they need help with anything. If people feel that they can reach out in the case they require any help they are likely to be more relaxed and have reduced levels of stress. Ask employees their opinion about how they would like the workplace culture to be or what changes they think are needed. By asking employees direct questions you help them feel involved in decisions making which is another factor in improving employees’ connection with the organization.
After the pandemic and other unsettling events in the recent past, it could be that some employees may find it difficult to connect with others and may seem to be distant. Employees who are distant may be unusually quiet during meetings and unable to engage. If you notice any change in them then it is important to make sure that you check in with them, inquire if they require assistance from you or if they may want to consult an in-house or external expert. In having such a conversation it is important to maintain a sensitive approach and be mindful of the individual’s responses.
A connected workplace is a thriving workplace. When we encourage employee connectivity it leads to a deep connection between employees and the organization. Employee connection is an essential factor for whether an employee chooses to engage or not, therefore while thinking about the workplace culture it is essential to focus on connectedness as an important aspect.
To know more about the Fortis Workplace Mental Health Initiative write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +918588807193.
Follow on Telegram at https://t.me/fortismentalhealth for more on Workplace Mental Health.