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Culture of Belonging

Sense of Inclusiveness
Only when there is a feeling of belongingness in the workplace, then ownership automatically comes. A sense of belonging to the organisation is a powerful motivator for employees in the workplace. This feeling helps in the overall growth and development individually and also to the organisation as well.
Inclusion refers to a feeling of belongingness. It can be measured to the extent to which employees feel welcome at work and are valued, respected, accepted and encouraged to fully participate in the organization.
Every team member has a uniqueness which is to be highlighted and appreciated. This sets an environment of comfort for sharing ideas and being authentic to themselves and to the organisation. This will directly impact the company’s profitability.
It may seem tough to do however it is not so tough.

Being Transparent
When the organisation does not discriminate team members and has a fair policy, it builds a open and trusting environment at work place. This environment must be created intentionally  where employees feel they are belonged and also they can safely express themselves and where specific concerns can be raised with openly and confidently.
Sometime there has to be a diverse policy when it comes to assigning work, appraisal based on performance or during promotion time. At such times the inclusiveness can be strong when the values are clearly defined and the leaders and the company abide by the values. When intention is clear, diversity in policies will not create a stir. 

When the team members connection to the values is string and have faith in the company’s decision-making policies then diversity in policies will not affect them. It has to be implemented in every role.

Finding the Why?
Every team member on board has a role which is linked to the purpose of the organisation. When every team member knows what they do matters to others and how it is connected to what the organization gives meaning to work. Purposeful work is work that encourages commitment.
When a person works for the sake of working with no real meaning, it leaves him or her in a depressed state feeling lot of discontent from within. This discontent will lead to disconnection with the job and co-workers then they start thinking of quitting.  One should not feel isolated and deserted in the work-place as it is a warning of an approaching storm threatening the well being of organisations and their people.

It is very important the top management makes sure the link between what an employee does and the bigger picture is clear and valued, so that their people feel a true sense of purpose.

Appreciate small wins
Every small win that is being appreciated and publicized in the company who went out of their way to get the win has to be highlighted. This will encourage others also to out and do the extra bit to get appreciated.
Sowing the seed of belonging and nurturing the same is a powerful tool. When applied in the right way it elevates the nature of work and the sense of purpose.  It also encourages togetherness where everybody will align for a common cause and strong bonding occurs in the work they do.

Every voice counts and every answer from each employee in the form of feedback which goes unnoticed will radiate towards rising issues in many cases. Developing the art of Listening 

Building Trust
Workplace is that place where many of our needs and wants are taken care of. After a period of time most of the team’s gratitude towards the job goes on a lower priority when it is being weighed over other needs. This connect to the purpose and opportunities through activities in their off -hours will help to sustain the priorities.

Celebration time with the team spending time together and encouraging the team members to say a few words about the company’s big picture will create a bonding of trust in the company. Use thank you gestures and gratitude will instil the sense of belongingness. Discussing future plans will help the team members to connect to the bigger purpose and not treat the workplace as a place to socialize. 

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