How a Foundation of Belonging in the Workplace Supports Employee Retention
Having a sense of belonging includes feeling accepted for who you are, being appreciated for your contributions, and feeling connected to others and your purpose. Humans are innately drawn to belonging, and employee engagement and satisfaction are dependent on it.
Vityl’s in-house research concluded that employees who feel like they belong to a company are 8.7 times more likely to remain in their position for the next year and 5.5 times more likely to stay with a company for their entire career.
A sense of workplace belonging gives employees a sense of security. Employees who have a strong sense of belonging don’t feel an overwhelming sense of pressure or a fear of failure, so they’re more likely to take risks. A sense of belonging fuels creativity and inspires collaboration.
Furthermore, employees with a strong sense of belonging are more likely to feel passionate about growing and developing within the organization. People are more excited about taking on new, exciting opportunities on their teams when they are free to perform at their best without fear.
What Does fostering belonging in the workplace look like?
What does a company need to do to cultivate this sense of belonging? When it comes to your organization’s needs, how do you determine what’s best? It is impossible to provide a one-size-fits-all solution.
Instead, it is important to fully understand what comprises your culture before you can know what needs to be changed. The best way to do this is to deploy relevant surveys that allow for the creation of data-informed cultural initiatives that are aligned with employee needs.
To solve cultural challenges, you also need to know what resources you have at your disposal. Even the most intelligent, dedicated employees will not achieve their full potential if they aren’t equipped to do so. Exercises geared toward team-building are worthwhile, but shouldn’t be your only avenue for fostering belonging and collaboration among your teams. Building a community at work can be achieved in a variety of ways, including knowledge sharing between colleagues, receiving support from a manager or coworker, and feeling aligned to the goals and mission of your organization.
Where do you start?
At Vityl, we’ve created a platform built to take teams to the top. Through surveys, nudges, and visual dashboards, companies can better grasp how their employees are feeling from an individual and overall perspective. Our extensive research drives how we approach belonging in the workplace and the tools we create that work to foster more productive, engrained, and collaborative work environments. Vityl helps you identify issues in your workplace faster, and work towards a more encompassing, positive culture.
Belonging is the ultimate force multiplier for today’s teams and organizations. To learn more about Vityl and unlock the power of belonging, visit the Pricing page.