This article describes the importance of establishing a sense of community in the workplace. Furthermore, it offers tips on how to do so for those who may be feeling isolated or alone in their career life. It gives you ways to start being part of the team and feeling the way the team feels.
Aristotle once said that a person who can live without community is either “a beast or a god.” This might be a little dramatic, but it certainly is true that we all benefit from feeling part of a larger community. This is especially true in the workplace. It is difficult, if not impossible, to meet your career goals without feeling a sense of community.
If you think you are suffering from loneliness, or feel too isolated at work, here are some ways to cultivate a sense of community in your workplace and have the same team spirit and colleagues.
Find a mentor
Virtually every successful person had a solid mentor to assist them in developing their skills along the way. No matter how long you have been in your position or career, there is always something you can learn from someone else.
A mentor will not only improve your skills and your confidence but provide you with a special relationship – a confidant, someone to share concerns and desires with. This is an excellent start towards tapping into a sense of community at work.
If you feel isolated or alone at work, don’t hesitate to reach out to an individual you trust and respect to begin developing this special mentor relationship.
Collaborate with peers
Collaboration with coworkers is a great way to get your foot in the door of your workplace community – a steppingstone to developing deeper relationships.
Asking questions, even ones you know the answer to, or asking small favors may be a good strategy. You start feeling the spirit of the team, and it sends the message that you trust and respect the opinion of your coworkers and should lead to them developing a sense of trust in you as well.
Once this baseline of respect has been established, it will only be a short time before you begin to become a more significant part of the community in your workplace.
Additionally, if you have the opportunity to work on projects or assignments with a coworker, don’t turn up this chance! This is a great way to fast-track your way to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with someone.
Attend bonding events
After a long week at work, you may feel that the last thing you want to do is attend another work-related event. However, these bonding and team-building events are an excellent way to get to know your coworkers on a more personal level.
Even having lunch or a coffee with your coworkers can provide an opportunity to talk about the things that are important to you, something other than work. This, too, will give a deeper level of trust and establish the baseline for meaningful relationships and a stronger sense of community in your workplace.
Cultivating a strong sense of community in the workplace is imperative for personal health and wellness. Finding a mentor, collaborating with peers, and attending work events are a few great ways to get involved and develop a sense of connection to your coworkers.
Not only will you be able to create a more profound understanding of belonging, but you will find it easier to achieve your career goals when you are connected to a community in your workplace.