Three Ways to Spark Culture and Create Community

by Aya Nimer June 29, 2017

Three Ways to Spark Culture and Create Community

When job-seekers look for new positions, one of the main attributes they seek out is a great culture. A place where good work is acknowledged and rewarded, there’s a palpable sense of community, and emphasis is placed on growth & development. At Buoy, we help our clients foster a sense of belonging and community as they navigate through thick and thin. Here’s three great ways to get started:

1. Say Thank You Often

Gratitude is one of the most undervalued ways of building rapport between individuals and deepening our understanding of others.  When we show gratitude we begin to acknowledge the efforts of our peers and how they contribute to the community.  Companionship creates a sense of belonging and loyalty, which strengthens employees’ performance and engagement level with the company.  A practice of connecting with people, honoring them, and thanking them for their contributions, helps develop an ever-growing group of people who genuinely want to help each other.[1]  The harder you work to make people feel valued, the harder they will work towards the mission of the company. Thanking those you work with verbally at the end of the day or a project, or creating an honorary wall where people are accredited for their hard work can accomplish this.

2. Treat Every Situation Like a Community Building Opportunity

What creates camaraderie between people is the ability to share highs and lows together.  Hardship and difficulty is an inherent feature of business.  Once we accept these trials as a component of business we can use it as a spring-board to foster and develop a sense of community.  To do this, be transparent with your employees and use meetings to outline strategies. [2] This openness helps ensure that everyone in an organization understands how to make a difference, while building respect, trust, and solidarity.  This helps employees stay focused on the task of running the business at a time when financial rewards might be limited and the future uncertain.

3. Aim to Understand Your Employees

"Most management approaches pay less attention to the day-to-day reality of how people behave and why, and instead add unnecessary functions and procedures”, say Yves Morieux and Peter Tollman, senior partners and managing directors at The Boston Consulting Group.[3] They promote approaching people’s capabilities with 'smart simplicity’ to understand why employees act the way they do, and to align company and employee interests.  By understanding your employees and creating an environment that fosters their growth and development, you create a richer workplace that people are motivated to work for.

Implementing these goals can strengthen your company’s morale and community while providing new insights to truly understand and develop your culture. And of course, if you need fun, creative ways to bring your team together, Buoy has lots of ideas for you!

 

[1] https://conantleadership.com/3-things-leaders-must-build-meaningful-communities/

[2] http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/leadership/leadership-lessons-for-hard-times

[3] http://time.com/77117/simplify-everything/






Aya Nimer
Aya Nimer

Author

Aya is a University of Chicago Booth School of Business research assistant, and a student in the Trott Business Program. She can be reached at: Hi@buoynow.com




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