Most peo­ple, accord­ing to a new sur­vey fea­tured in HR Dive, have the great­est sense of belong­ing in their own homes. That may not be sur­pris­ing news, but what is inter­est­ing is that one third of respon­dents felt the great­est sense of belong­ing in their work­place. A sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age, 40 per­cent, attribute that feel­ing to actions their col­leagues and man­agers take to check in on them, both per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly. Belong­ing improves employ­ee reten­tion and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, cer­tain­ly, but it requires acknowl­edge­ment of diver­si­ty and efforts at inclusion.

This crit­i­cal sense of belong­ing can be deep­ened, or ham­pered, dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Beyond sec­u­lar or nation­al hol­i­days like Thanks­giv­ing and New Year’s, the fall and win­ter months are full of faith-based hol­i­days beyond Christ­mas. The Soci­ety for Human Resource Man­age­ment has some tips as well as a list of cel­e­bra­tions for the com­ing months intend­ed to help com­pa­nies cre­ate inclu­sive work­spaces for peo­ple of more faiths and cul­tures. When employ­ees feel val­ued and known, they are more engaged.

Mutu­al respect is not only good for morale, it’s good for pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Some tips include shar­ing more about hol­i­days in inter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions, cre­at­ing lun­cheons that fea­ture tra­di­tion­al dish­es or are mind­ful of dietary restric­tions or fast­ing prac­tices, or spon­sor­ing a ser­vice or vol­un­teer day.


by Bill Olson
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