Belonging is essential to developing engagement. And here are three ways to nurture it.
- Find purpose. Work without purpose is work; work with purpose can be joy. When people know that what they do matters to others and how it is connected to what the organization gives meaning to labor.
- Recognize results. Work is hard. Life is short. Two well-worn clichés that can be mitigated when management takes the time to recognize a job well done.
- Encourage camaraderie. Work is a place to pull together to do the job. There is joy in working together for a common cause.
Fostering the sense of belonging may be one of a leader’s most powerful levers because encourages employees to bond with one another in the work they do.