Creating a Sense of Community in the Workplace to Honor Diversity
Humans have an innate need to feel connected and valued, that they belong to a larger whole, and that they are valued as members of a community. The literature suggests that this "sense of community" is created in environments that encourage open and honest communication. Individuals share information and builds communities with persons they trust. Within an organizational environment, higher degrees of trust enhance the discovering process and, ultimiately, the ability of groups and organizations to fully function. The challenge confronting modern organizatizations with a global presence is in creating this sense of community among dispersed business units, employees with diverse backgrounds, and where the primary means of communication is through electronic means. This highly interactive workshop explores the innate human need for connection and its linkage to building positive, collaborative work environments, particulary in global organizations that cross multiple nations. Participants will gain a better understanding of the human need for community and learn how organizations are creating safe spaces in their organizations for richer interaction and socialization in an effort to build community.
Keywords: Psychological Sense of Community, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Trust
Kellee M. Franklin
Core Faculty, Organizational Systems Renewal Graduate Program, Seattle University