Being Human | Article 7 | Belonging - What Does This Mean to You?

Let’s just consider what is happening in a lot of organisations at the moment and the conversations that are taking place around the future world of work. There are shifts in workforce composition which are a growing challenge and will continue to be. The growing number of different age profiles and the rise of alternative work arrangements, may be having an impact on many employees and whether they feel they formally "belong" to the organisation they work for. I read an article the other day in HR Magazine ( - that said Generation Z would choose their employer depending on how they treated their employees during the pandemic.  

Generation Z have always focused on their mental well-being and what is important, and of value, to them is very different to lots of other generations in work.  Different people's views on how they would like to work can make it harder for them to feel a sense of belonging at work and can make it harder for people in "traditional" work arrangements to feel a sense of unity with them also.

What will be "the new way(s) of working" is still undetermined currently and likely to be something that will see even more continuous change. Speaking to some of my clients and people in my network, organisations are on a spectrum about how they will approach the ways of working and whether they will return to the office. Some organisations are dictating a minimum number of days they will expect people in the office; others are leaving it up to the the employee to decide and others are trying very hard to revert to how they operated before the pandemic.

This will be an interesting time for organisations within the HR and people area, however one where truly innovative ways of working could be created. Similarly, this could have a major impact on "the war for talent" and that sense of "belonging".

Previously, I have talked about the 3 Cs to consider when looking for your next role; next organisation:

1. Capability or competence
2. Compatibility/culture
3. Chemistry

I would now like to update or expand these to reflect what I believe will play an even bigger part in that decision making process and whether individuals will chose to work for an organisation and employees will feel that they belong, namely :

1. Contribute (capability/competence) - how each individual/employee understands their unique strengths and how they help their teams and their organisations to achieve common goals.
2. Comfortable (compatibility/culture) - whether each individual/employee is treated fairly and respected by their colleagues; and able to bring their authentic self to work. 
3. Connected (chemistry) - to the people they work with and the teams they are part of.

How well would your organisation meet these 3 Cs?  What is important to you to feel that you "belong"? I would love to hear your responses.

Realise that a focus/emphasis will be needed on these 3 Cs whatever ways of working will transpire; 
Aspire to create an environment/community that allows individuals to contribute, be comfortable and connect; and 
Do create that sense of belonging

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