Community building is an essential part of our society. Sites such as Meetup and WeAreLATech are exploding with new networking events on a daily basis. Whether the purpose is to make friends in a new city, discuss common interests or get feedback on a new app idea, people value the opportunity to make connections.
Building a community can be equally important for the workplace, as it helps boost employee engagement and productivity. Here are some ways your company can make that happen.
1. Affinity groups
One way of building a community is by setting up affinity groups. Although these groups may sometimes lean towards social or political issues at the workplace, other topics of discussion should also be encouraged. These can include hobbies, such as reading, photography or traveling. This allows group members to further develop personal interests while forming bonds with one another.
2. Mentorship groups
Mentorship programs are also effective for building a work community. Most of these programs usually involve pairing a junior and a senior employee, but group meetings can be just as effective as one-on-ones. These provide employees a space to share their ideas and receive real-time feedback and support from their co-workers. Another benefit of having mentorship groups is that it helps with effective goal setting. This will ensure your employees stay on track and reach their optimal productivity levels.
3. Company trips
Allowing your teams to interact with one another outside of the work environment is an important part of team building. Company trips or work socials are a fun way to explore their adventurous sides. When they get back to work, they will not only feel more invigorated to get things done but also will collaborate better with other team members.
Next time there is a decrease in productivity or overall company morale, be sure to build a community by trying one of our suggested methods.
About the Author
Nana Dooreck, founder of Rubicore, has worked to improve people management through recruitment, learning and development and performance feedback. Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.Tags: company culture, company trip, mentorship