Feeling Connected

When reading the article “Vision, Value, and Voice: The Real Magnet of Team Success” over at Forbes.com, one quote in particular grabbed my attention:

“… an employee’s feelings of connection, community, and unity are the most powerful and least understood aspects of successful organizations.”

That thought resonates with me not only on a personal level, but also because ABR has a strong mobile workforce.

Often, the importance of feeling connected within an organization is overlooked. While companies may provide employees with tools to stay connected, the underlying motive is to make them more productive by maximizing on their time–sometimes dominating their time.

But as humans, we use those same tools to find a way to be “plugged-in” first. It is only after we feel connected that we can be productive. IM status updates, emojicons, 5 minutes of “niceties” at the beginning of conference calls, profile pics, Monday morning debriefs of our weekends, video chat, posting “geo-locations”–all are an attempt to keep our team connected.

So what can you do to encourage a more connected culture, where the human interaction is encouraged to promote unity and a sense of community?

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