5 Corporate Culture Shifts to Build Workplace Community
How do you create a sense of community in the workplace? There’s been a macro corporate culture shift in recent years toward a new way of working -- one that’s focused on a movement toward meaning. Our friends at WeWork have found that an essential component of this movement is creating a powerful sense of community in the workplace. When people feel like they are part of something greater than themselves, their work has more purpose and they achieve more. Below are WeWork's five corporate culture shifts that are essential to building your community.
- Create physical spaces that foster collaboration
- Engage digitally to strengthen your team
- Host events to become a thought leader
- Manage your community and create meaningful connections
- Create a mission statement that sets the corporate culture
Create physical places where ideas can be exchanged and creativity can thrive.
Designers and architects should focus on creating spaces that foster collaboration. Physical work environments change the way individuals and companies interact with one another. Strive to have an office with physical places where ideas can be exchanged and creativity can thrive. Also, people love walls that are made of glass because it allows for transparency and natural light.
Collaboration doesn’t have to take place in person in order to be effective.
Collaboration doesn’t have to take place in person in order to be effective. Create a digital global community through which your employees can connect, work with one another, and discover new opportunities in both their work and personal lives. Utilize digital services to organize access to conference rooms, guest registration, and task management. Many employees can be more productive by working from home to avoid a long commute or for other reasons, so help make it easy for them to do so.
Having an events calendar filled with diverse events helps strengthen the sense of community.
Having an events calendar filled with diverse events helps strengthen the sense of community and relationships within the workplace. Events can range from seminars, talks and service projects to big holiday and launch parties. Weekly events in your office not only strengthen your existing community, but also help it grow as employees bring friends and friends-of-friends into the fold.
Focus on creating meaningful and mutually beneficial connections.
If you dedicate professionals who are fully committed to creating a sense of community in both concrete and abstract ways, the workplace feels more cohesive, and people are more open to interacting with one another. In addition to running the day-to-day operations of each office, have your community managers focus on creating meaningful and mutually beneficial connections among employees and local businesses.
This phrase is thrown around a lot and can take on more than one meaning, but if every individual at your company feels like he or she is part of the same larger idea, there is likely to be an intangible connection among co-workers that manifests itself in the way people view and treat one another.
Our hope is that this model of a strong community and togetherness will continue to help people around the world work to make a life, and not just a living. What are unique ways you’re creating a sense of community at your company?