Creating a workplace where people feel like they belong

Nov 24, 2023

A recent survey by the British psychological society (bps) revealed that 94% of UK workers crave a sense of community at work. However, there's a disconnect between what people want and what they're getting. Only 30% feel adequately supported by their workplace, and one in five disagree or strongly disagree with the statement "when I’m at work, I feel like I belong."

In today's world, social connections are more important than ever. Nurturing a strong sense of community is essential for employee wellbeing and engagement. This goes beyond physical interactions and encompasses the importance of virtual connections in the digital age. Employers can leverage technology to foster meaningful connections through virtual team-building activities, online communities, and effective communication platforms.

How to foster social connections at work:

  •  Encourage collaboration: create a sense of community by encouraging teamwork, open communication, and a shared sense of purpose among employees.
  • Promote social interactions: implement well-designed initiatives such as team-building activities, cross-functional projects, and company events to encourage social interactions and foster a sense of belonging.
  • Embrace flexibility: strengthen socialties by supporting flexible work arrangements that empower employees to find a work-life balance that suits them, enhancing their sense of connection.
  • Leverage technology for digital and face-to-face community building: utilize technology to create virtual spaces that complement the physical office environment, fostering interactions and support while recognizing the significance of digital connections.
  • Prioritize employee wellbeing: implement comprehensive programs that emphasize physical, mental, and emotional health, reinforcing a commitment to holistic employee wellbeing.
  • Recognize and celebrate achievements: publicly acknowledge and celebrate individual and team accomplishments, reinforcing the value of contributions and creating a sense of shared success.
  • Encourage open communication and feedback: foster open communication and feedback loops, empowering employees to voice their concerns and contribute to shaping a more inclusive and supportive work environment.


Benefits of investing in social connections:

Investing in social connections within the workplace yields substantial benefits for employers. Increased engagement translates into higher productivity, reduced turnover, and an overall improvement in organisational performance. A thriving workplace community fosters a positive and supportive environment, leading to increased employee satisfaction, loyalty, and a willingness to go the extra mile.

Partnering with circles to create a connected and engaged workforce

Circles is a trusted partner that helps organizations cultivate and nurture social connections within the workplace. Through a data-driven approach and 24/7 support, circles empowers organisations to develop strategies that enhance work-life balance, implement flexible work arrangements, and establish virtual communities for improved wellbeing and performance. Find out more here: Create a Community at Work.


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