Whether we are an employee or a family member, the need to belong to a tribe and fitting in, is important, and fundamental in our connection to the human race.
As a fierce introvert, that would be more than happy to be left alone for the majority of the time, I concede I still need and enjoy the time I get to spend with friends and work colleagues.
Creating an inclusive work environment and inspiring a company with a culture that makes all feel welcome, can be a challenge. While anti-bullying, harassment and discrimination laws help set the foundation for inclusivity, it’s the shared values that shape an environment’s sense of connection and fosters employee loyalty.
I am a great believer that a company’s culture is a shapeshifter. It is constantly changing and morphing – dependent on the collective mood, the new bright spark just hired, or who is winning at table tennis.
At the heart of it, we, as employees, are attracted to companies for many reasons, mostly it is the role we have applied for and the specific set of skills we possess. But in the end, it is the people, the culture and the sense of belonging that engage and retain us.
At Kiandra, we are proudly a diverse and inclusive workplace. We cover many generations, cultures, musical interests, pet owners, bike riders, beer drinkers, people that fish and shark lovers. And just like a family, we don't always get along, but as a guiding principle, we want our people to feel like they belong to the tribe.
This starts from the moment you are hired through til you find a new opportunity. Just like a family we care, we want people to come to work and enjoy what they do, surrounded by good people that want the same.
In the end, I believe it is up to each individual, (yep, you and me) to make the environment we work in, and the people we work with, feel like they belong. It is the “how was your weekend?” conversation, as much as it is about offering to help someone on a project and, or, taking the time to get to know them and who they are.
To belong is a conscious choice to invest, and we invest because we want connection, and with that connection, we find a common ground.