“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.”
A sense of community is essential to any workplace. Only when a team comes together to form this community will they foster a positive and productive work environment. So how do you make this happen? Well, it’s easier than you may think.
1. Get To Know Your Neighbor! In today’s world, we spend about as much time at work as we do at home. So, get to know your work neighbor just like you would the family living next door! Whether it be a friendly hello, a quick chat by the water cooler or a recap of yesterday’s sports game over lunch, striking up a conversation with someone you see every day is a great way to foster a positive community in the work place.
2. Work As A Team! Behind every strong community, there is a group of people engaging in the art of teamwork. Without one, you can’t have the other. So, the next time you have a big project to do think about partnering up – working together can go a long way in building the lasting relationships that a strong community needs.
3. Recognize A Job Well Done! A sure way to motivate someone is to recognize their hard work. Doing so not only inspires the person being recognized to continue working hard but it also inspires those around them to work harder. This also makes them aware of the impact they’ve had on you and the community you are building together. And remember - recognition doesn’t have to be in the form of material things.
Once a work community is established, a positive and productive work environment will surely follow. As they say, “attitude is contagious.” Seeing someone striving to better the community in which they work will only motivate and inspire others to take that same initiative. A quick hello, a “job well done!” and a little teamwork can go a long way.
How do you build community amongst your team?
-Jennifer Baker, AYS Baltimore