Continuing our series on employee engagement, I’ll share another attribute of engagement… meaningful connectedness. Human beings have a deep-rooted need to belong, and to feel a part of something bigger than themselves. Our brains are hard-wired for sociability and solidarity.
In the past, our extended families, neighborhood or church communities often met these needs, but now you may not even know your neighbors! Society, in general, has become more isolated. This makes the workplace a natural place to find a feeling of community.
Your opportunity as a manager is to find ways to connect your staff to the organization’s purpose and to each other. There is something very special about being a part of a cohesive team that is doing significant and meaningful work. Reinforcing the fact that employees are helping vulnerable patients recover from an illness or injury, and/or that they are enhancing the quality of life of a frail resident gives employees a sense of connection and meaning.
Reinforcing an emotional commitment among and between team members strengthens trust and teamwork. Employees who experience a sense of camaraderie feel connected to their co-workers and are more likely to put effort into making their team successful. An attitude of “all for one, one for all” permeates the environment.