In the spirit of celebrating Employee Appreciation Day on March 4th, we are proud to feature Office of the Registrar (OR) for our February departmental Bright Spot! OR has intentionally dedicated more time and energy to build community among their staff.
In the Harvard Business Review article “We All Need Friends At Work,” author Christine Riordan states that “Camaraderie is more than just having fun. It is also about creating a common sense of purpose and the mentality that we are in it together…camaraderie promotes a group loyalty that results in a shared commitment to and discipline toward the work. Camaraderie at work can create “esprit de corps,” which includes mutual respect, sense of identity, and admiration to push for hard work and outcomes.” Gallup survey findings on employee engagement states that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%; individuals that have a “best friend at work” are 7 times more likely to be considered fully engaged in the workplace.
Here are 3 tips on building community that you can do starting today. Many thanks to Walter Wong, Erika Bertalino, and Grace Padua for these awesome tips!
- “We recently scheduled a monthly meeting with all our staff who are contributing to Student Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment, or departmental engagement activities. It facilitates coordination and it grounds me in engagement, so that I can talk more effectively about community building during my 1:1’s.” -Walter Wong
- “One of the ways I build community is taking an interest in my coworkers lives outside of work..I ask about their families, what their plans are for the weekend or what they did while on vacation ..I like the humanness it brings out. It’s what connects us to each other.” -Grace Padua
- “My door is always open for my colleagues–to lend an ear, offer advice or just be a soundboard for someone who is feeling overwhelmed, stressed or confused. With this I am able to power up my innate quality to maintain confidentiality. What is shared with me – stays with me.” -Erika Bertalino
Thanks to you, Office of the Registrar, for being a shining example of how camaraderie and building an intentional sense of community can make a great workplace–and in turn, will help all of us serve students better.
For more information on recognition and building community in the workplace, check out these resources:
- Nominate a colleague for a Student Affairs Spotlight Award!