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What is the feeling of belonging and why is it so important to take care of it?

The conception of work and Human Resources has changed a lot in recent decades. In the middle of the last century it was thought that money was the only incentive people had to work. Today we know that this is not the case and that the feeling of belonging is also very important.

The economic motivation is always present when it comes to transferring the labor force to a third party. But work brings us much more than economic resources. The company offers us a environment in which we can develop personally and professionally, in which we can socialize with others and establish different types of relationships.

Good proof of this is that the number of people who decide to change jobs because they are not comfortable has increased at your current company. They may like the job and be satisfied with their salary. But, if they consider that the environment with their colleagues and bosses is not good, they will never feel fully integrated and will end up leaving.

The companies that see their turnover rate increase due to this factor are failing when it comes to creating and growing the sense of belonging among your staff members. But what is that feeling really and why is it so important?

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The feeling of belonging in the company

The human being is a social being, who needs to relate to others and feel integrated within a group.

One of the most important groups to which we belong throughout our lives is that of our company, because it is one of the places where we are going to spend the most time. Frequently, we spend more time with our co-workers than with our own family. So, we need to feel that we are integrated within that group.

The feeling of business belonging is also known as work engagement, and is related to the feel part of something. Identify yourself with the values of the company and with the team in which you are integrated.

Although we are talking about a feeling that is subjective, the actions of the company have a direct impact on it.

A practical example of the feeling of belonging

Let's imagine a employee starting work in an office. When the first day arrives there is no one to receive you, arrives at his job and has to introduce himself to his colleagues.

No matter how sociable that new worker may be, they are in a moment of stress and nervousness before starting a new job, so it may cost them a little more to connect with others.

It may be that after a week or 10 days you still do not trust the people around you and feel a bit lost in an environment where everyone seems to get along. Then there will be the feeling like it doesn't fit, and this could trigger a job abandonment.

Now imagine the opposite situation. That new employee who arrives nervous have a support person from the first moment. A worker who will not only explain what you have to do and show you the facilities, but will also take care of introducing you to the rest of your colleagues. 

This will make the new employee feel much more sheltered, knowing that you have a trustworthy person. You will be much more open and will begin to establish new ties with the people around you. The result is that in a short time you will be comfortable in your position and with your surroundings, you will then begin to develop a sense of belonging That will make that person not even consider leaving their position.

A human-centered approach

The difference between the two situations that we have just exposed marks the action by the company. In the first case, he does not show any interest in the person beyond his work. While in the second he cares about the worker also on a personal level.

Numerous studies show that the feeling of belonging drives organizational performance and reduces rates such as absenteeism and turnover. Therefore, it is convenient for the company that its employees feel comfortable in it. Therefore, you must do everything possible on your part to achieve that feeling of well-being.

The key seems to be to put people at the center of interest, trying to improve your experience as much as possible. For this it is necessary to have, first of all, a culture that enhances human relationships and that focuses on supporting employees throughout their professional development.

It's not just a matter of whether employees get along with each other or with their bosses, it also influences the relationship with your company. Thus, if a person feels very comfortable with their colleagues, but sees that the company does not value their efforts, it is most likely that they do not feel that loyalty or belonging that we are talking about.

Adopting a human-centered approach requires changes at different levels:

Selection process and feeling of belonging

How the company conducts the selection tells a person a lot about what type of corporation it is. If the candidate realizes that the election is being based on unconscious biases and not in objective factors, it will be more complicated for the feeling of belonging to arise, although in the end he is the one chosen to occupy the position.

Because, deep down, the new employee will think that they have been chosen because they have studied at the same school as the recruiter, because they went to a good university, or because they have an attractive physical appearance. But You will not think that it was due to really important factors to fulfill your tasks such as hard and soft skills. This can generate something similar to imposter syndrome, and end up causing a voluntary resignation.

leadership type

The way in which leadership is exercised in the company can also have a positive or negative influence on the feeling of belonging of team members.

The classic style boss, who is authoritarian and does not listen to anyone below him, never gets loyalty from his subordinates. If they obey him, it is more out of fear than conviction.

However, new forms of leadership do promote fidelity. With bosses much more accessible and willing to listen to other opinions, they get their subordinates follow them out of genuine conviction and not because they feel compelled to do so.

Training of work teams

In companies in which templates are too homogeneous It is difficult for the feeling of belonging to develop effectively in those who they don't quite fit in what seems to be the profile of the typical worker.

For example, in a squad made up of a 95% by men, women will always feel somewhat displaced. Almost as if they were the exception to the norm.

This can be solved by creating diverse templates, made up of employees of different sex, age, social status, educational level, nationality, culture, etc. A diverse template not only enriches the company at all levels, but also facilitates adaptation of new employees, whatever their status.

Is it worth it to earn the loyalty of employees to give them a feeling of belonging?

The company has to work hard and make changes so that the feeling of belonging strongly arises in its employees, this leads many corporations to consider whether it is really worth it. The answer to this question is clear: it is worth it, because the benefits obtained are very interesting.

  • When workers feel comfortable in their workplace, they are absent less and are less willing to quit. That is absenteeism and turnover rates drop, which translates into significant savings for the company.
  • A worker with a strong sense of belonging is highly committed and makes the company's objectives his own, which means that he is much more effective at work.
  • A committed worker has no problem when it comes time to spend some extra time on your tasks.
  • Employees who are comfortable in their jobs and feel valued are the ones who they achieve their full potential, overcoming the barriers that may be holding back their capabilities and being more proactive.

there is no magic formula

There is no master formula, a set of actions that, when implemented jointly, manage to foster a feeling of belonging among the members of the workforce. In fact, what works in one company might not work in another. IsThis is due to the fact that employees will have different needs depending on their position, the type of company in which they work, the sector of activity, etc.

What does exist are a series of actions that are known to, in general, help to promote job fidelity. Among them, having a good atmosphere and one good workload distribution. Eliminating factors such as stress, work saturation, and promoting equality in the treatment of all employees, it will be much easier for the feeling of belonging to arise. Thus, the company and its employees enjoy all the benefits that derive from it.


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