It's your job to create a sense of belonging

Belonging is essential to developing engagement. And here are three ways to nurture it.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2017, Trust Across America named him a Top Thought Leader in Trust for the fourth consecutive year. In 2014, Inc.com named Baldoni to its list of top 100 leadership experts, and Global Gurus ranked him No. 11 on its list of global leadership experts. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his newest, “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.”

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