Connections are the secret to success, both for individuals and organizations. It’s not just lip service either, as it’s backed up by decades of research from experts like psychologist Martin Seligman and organizations like Gallup. The importance of connections is nothing new, but what has changed is the world we live in. In today’s business and tight labor market environment, making strong human connections is a top priority for businesses.
As social beings, we are wired to crave meaningful relationships and interactions. However, with the rise of hybrid and remote work and major shifts in how employees view their work, building and maintaining connections has become more challenging. But here’s the exciting part: when businesses invest in fostering these connections within the workplace, something amazing happens
When people feel connected to their colleagues and their organization, magic occurs. In fact, employees who strongly agree that they feel connected to their culture are:
It’s like a ripple effect that positively impacts everyone involved. So, in this ever-changing world, let’s recognize the power of human connections and make them a priority. Together, we can create a workplace where everyone thrives.
Welcome to The Connected Organization, where driving the heartbeat of human connections are the 4 Principles of Connection. These 4 connections fuel our success. We’re not just here to talk about “nice-to-have” things. Human connections are no longer just “soft skills” but superpowers. We believe that nurturing these connections is an absolute must for any thriving organization.
Picture a team that works together like a well-oiled machine, where individuals support and uplift each other, creating an environment ripe with innovation and collaboration. That’s what we aim for when we weave strong bonds between individuals, teams, and the organization as a whole. It’s like unlocking a hidden treasure chest of endless possibilities that sets us apart from the competition
So, what are these 4 Principles of Connection, these pillars that guide us on our journey to success.
A connected organization begins with individuals who have a strong sense of self-awareness and purpose. By encouraging employees to explore their strengths, values, and passions, companies empower them to bring their authentic selves to work. According to research, employees who have a clear understanding of their strengths are six times more likely to be engaged in their roles.
No organization can thrive without effective collaboration and supportive relationships among its members. When employees feel connected to their colleagues, they are more likely to share knowledge, ideas, and resources, leading to enhanced innovation and problem-solving. In fact, companies with a high level of employee engagement outperform their competitors by 147 percent and 21 percent higher profitability.
Employees who experience a deep connection to their roles are not only highly engaged, but they also find their work meaningful and significant. They comprehend how their individual tasks contribute to the larger organizational goals, thus instilling a sense of purpose and enhancing productivity. Studies reveal that engaged employees who find their work meaningful are 17% more productive and demonstrate 41% lower absenteeism rates1. Importantly, organizations that foster this engagement and meaningful work report 59% less turnover2, leading to notable increases in profitability.