Belonging is primal, fundamental to our sense of happiness and well-being.
A sense of social belonging can affect motivation and continued persistence, even on impossible tasks. That is, if you don’t feel like you belong, you are both less motivated and less likely to hang in there in the face of obstacles.
From this it is clear how creating a sense of belonging in your employees can lead to huge improvements in performance that would not have otherwise been possible.
Research conducted by psychologists Geoff MacDonald at the University of Toronto and Mark R. Leary at Duke University found that when we have a sense of belonging, when we feel accepted, welcomed and included, we are more likely to experience positive emotions such as happiness, calm and satisfaction. And, as workers. we are likely to:
- Be more productive.
- Be more helpful to our co-workers without the need for personal gain.
- Encourage and support one another.
- Work more cooperatively with other teams.
- Take fewer sick days or be late to work.
According to Greg Stewart, Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Iowa, A sense of belonging and attachment to a group of co-workers is a better motivator for some employees than money.
Instilling a sense of belonging in your employees is essential to both create the best work environment for your employees that you can and also to enable them to excel.