Boost the Power of Human Connection to Thrive at Work

This week’s blog comes from TPHQ and focuses on the overall well-being in the workplace. We love to share information on our technology ecosystem, and team members, but we also know how important having a positive work culture can be.

Recently we had the opportunity to attend an awesome Association of Talent Development Webinar called Boost the Power of Human Connection to Thrive at Work and it was sponsored by a group named Connection Culture Group. They specialize in helping organizations establish connections as their competitive advantage and they focus on three key points (3 V’s):

  • VISION-Creating a shared identity and cultivating collaboration.
  • VALUE-Creating a shared empathy and unlocking intrinsic motivation of a team.
  • VOICE-Creating a shared understanding and stimulating innovation.

During the webinar, they stressed three different work cultures and leaders:

  • Culture of Control; Leaders use their status to rule over employees
  • Culture of Indifference; Leaders don’t take time to care/value the employee relationships
  • Culture of Connection; Leaders care about work, employees and business community

There are Universal needs that all individuals need in the workplace. These needs include personal growth, respect, recognition, autonomy, meaning and happiness. Social connection makes people happier, more productive, and resilient from a health perspective. Conversely, social disconnection makes people vulnerable to stressors, feelings of helplessness, decreased sleep and negative habits such as overconsumption of food, drugs or alcohol. Not surprisingly, loneliness is also a very common factor that individuals who are socially disconnected in the workplace can experience.

There is an epidemic of Loneliness going on in America. One out of two Americans now falls into this category. Social media may actually be making the problem worse. AC Nielsen reports that most adults spend 10 hours a day in front of screens (tv, phones, tablets, and laptop/computer screens). Per a YouGuv study, 22% of Millennials report having zero friends and the link between heavy social media & Internet use tie in with both loneliness and depression.

In the YouGuv report, 76% of people stated that they make friends through their workplace so it is understandable how a positive work environment/culture fosters the ability for developing relationships. Ask yourself what sort of work culture & environment your organization supports?

When the 3 V’s come together it means that an organization is motivated by a mission, trying to understand needs of those in the work environment and seeking the ideas of others.

Team TutorPro are an amazing group and the feedback shared in our former Work Life Balance blog supports the fact that our CEO, Claire Revell, leads an organization focused on employee inclusion and a positive workplace environment. By establishing and promoting core values that connect, it enhances the entire work experience resulting in a Connection Culture!!!

About the author: TeamTP