Doesn’t it make sense that because we spend so many hours at work that it be a bright spot in our life? Sure some have the luxury of working remotely or co-working where regular interaction with the same people is dramatically less. For those, however, that go to the same place every day and interact with mostly the same cast of characters, a sense of workplace community can be uplifting.
So, I let my brain daydream a bit about my optimum vision of workplace community. What do you think? Dream with me.
Camaraderie. I can see myself in the people in my community. I can relate to them. I want to share highlights of my life with them. I also need privacy that’s respected.
Authenticity. People in the community share their ideas, concerns, dislikes confidently.
Conflict. My workplace community is diverse. And such diversity surfaces ideas that tweak me and others to see something new. We’re good with being uncomfortable because conflicts are resolved. There are no hidden bodies in our community. We often reveal elephants, too.
Respect. We may not like a decision, but we support it. We respect the effort put into a decision. We respect differences, even when they may piss us off or make us uncomfortable.
Food & Music. Nothing better to unite community than shared food and great tunes. Time to unwind and connect.
Dogs. Do I need to explain this one? Dogs relax us, lighten the mood, and make us smile.
Shared Spaces/Open Spaces. I can’t stand the maze of cubicles. I like to see people congregating solving problems, meeting, sharing stories. Break down those cubie walls!
Stewardship. In a community, shared responsibility for the well being of others, care for our surroundings, and continuously cultivating relationships with customers is near the heart of any strong community. It’s good lookin’ out for each other and those we work so hard to satisfy – each other and customers.
Ownership. In my dreamy community, we own our strengths and show them. We own our faults and work to mitigate their influence. And when we mess up, we own it, clean it up, and we all move forward. The ultimate outcome – ownership for what we create, what I create.
Humility. This goes right along with ownership. We admit when we’re wrong. We honestly admit our weaknesses to ensure the team is strong, the community grows.
Manners. I included this primarily for a pet peeve I have. Please, when you leave through a door, look behind you. If someone is there, hold the door when you go through it. And guys if a woman is behind you, hold the door for them. This may be old fashioned, but that’s how my mama raised me.
Frequency. I borrowed this from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. He writes, “Make group a priority.” It’s important to get together and share food, listen to music – simply connect with one another regularly. NO hiding behind cubicle walls. Join the community.
So what do you think? Too idealistic? Utopian? Nonsense? Would you add anything?