Building Community at Work.

Community refers to the same group of people who are socialized together and function for the long haul. They share many experiences beyond individual projects or tasks.

I used to say, “Teamwork makes the dream work.'” But then I noticed how many times it doesn’t work that way. It didn’t work in the churches I served in. Companies who build teams have employees who are disgruntled that everyone in the group isn’t pulling their own weight. The high acheiverss do most of the work and resent being paid the same thing the do-nothings on the team are paid. The non-producers don’t work and drag the process down.  Sack the idea and start encouraging socialization among your employees.

It is the wave of the future.

Why will socialization take place in the workplace in the future? People don’t know their neighbors, they don’t get as involved with other parents at their children’s schools, they don’t get as involved at church as they used to (you can’t do socialization in 2-3 hours a week). But they spend more of their time at work. Building community at work will totally revolutionize the hiring process. Socialization in the work place will stabilize poor performance and improve attitudes. Socialization is the key to building unity in the workplace.

I was discussing this in a men’s clothing store with the manager. He told about how his company was emphasizing this concept in their corporate environment and how successful it is. He said he had never seen the response to this approach before and was very excited about it. Imagine a dysfunctional group of people sitting around and discussing what is important to them and their lives. See the unity that you can develop in your workforce by building community. After all, community can be called “common unity.” Now you can build community among your employees and they won’t be as concerned about looking for another job that fulfills them.

We need to reconnect with what we do, who we are and how we do what we do.

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