Knowing Each Other Makes The Team Stronger
Clinical Research Year of Engagement
Developing a Workplace Community
Getting to know our colleagues and what makes them tick goes far beyond team building days and the annual office party. And whilst psychometric testing and leadership styles profiling can help us to gain an understanding of people’s personalities, motivators, approaches, etc they only provide a glimpse into our colleagues’ pictures of the world.
In order to develop a meaningful workplace community a greater understanding of people as individuals is needed. It’s through workplace friendships and understanding each-other that a sense of belonging and engagement can be nurtured.
Connecting with Remote Workers
Remote workers can feel isolated – they don’t get to have an impromptu chat at the water cooler, to join in with the “in” joke at the office or to grab a coffee with a colleague to let off steam when they need to. This is a particular challenge for our industry, where many of us are working in virtual teams and see our colleagues infrequently, if at all. So when workers don’t feel intrinsically connected to their employer or team and their (home) working environment stays the same regardless of who they’re working for, what is there to keep them in their current position when the job offer phone rings?
Technology : Friend or Foe?
Our connected world enables people to work from the office, on the train, at airports and at home – it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to disconnect from their work and many people accept that working outside of their contracted hours is normal. Unfortunately, however whilst technological advancements are helping us to get connected with computers and devices, the way in which technology is used in the workplace doesn’t generally help us to build the bonds and connections with people that are necessary to build workplace communities.
Webinars, teleconferences and emails are considered to be acceptable means of professional communication however they are generally work-focused. In order to exploit technological advances, employers need to consider how to use technology to enable natural and informal communication exchanges that would have traditionally taken place in the physical work environment – especially in light of the multigenerational workplace that now exists.