Workplace communities are slowly replacing the more traditional, stodgy corporate information delivery methods, mainly because they don’t focus on delivery so much as sharing. Creating a workplace community means caring about our work, our colleagues, and our place in the world, geographic and otherwise, and in turn being inspired by this caring. Kick starting a workplace community in your company could enable a more free-flowing dialog across a range of diverse groups, leading to significant leaps in innovation as well as communication.
These ideas can turn into conversations that can lead to more ideas. Communities that use social-based tool sets can capture these ideas and push them forward through community collaboration. Less-skilled workers can connect with their more experienced colleagues through social networking features like the “Ask a Question” feature in LinkedIn. Having accesses to the expertise or skill set of coworkers and colleagues enables employees to actively participate in conversations about the content they are researching, enhancing its value and eventually allowing them to become content producers themselves.
How to Create a Workplace Community
To encourage this sort of perspective in the workplace, you will need to create an environment that relies heavily on a strong mission. A positive workplace culture is another way to achieve this goal. Creating this environment can be accomplished over time with just a few simple steps.
- Show gratitude: Say thank you as often as possible. Hearing that you appreciate the work they are doing will make your employees more eager to do that work.
- Give support: Create a workplace practice of mutual support. Have different employees team up when someone is getting behind. This can help build a sense of community.
- Celebrate: When someone does something big in the office, celebrate. This can be through a company-paid lunch or a special company outing. Either way, make sure your employees feel their hard work is appreciated
Workplace Communities strengthen existing relationships and enable exposure to second and third tier connections like we see in tools like LinkedIn, Facebook Messenger, Viber Chat groups and Microsoft teams. These types of connections can greatly enhance the flow of information between groups with different interests. They help foster innovation via fresh perspectives, new ideas, and increased diversity.
In the end, increasing workplace connectivity is not a difficult task. It only takes a few small gestures to build trust, openness, and pride in your company. If your employees are spread across the country, however, this can be a bit more difficult.