When employees feel like they belong in an organization, they’ll give you their all. When they feel like outsiders, you’ll only get a half-hearted effort at best.
Belonging is a basic human drive, along with food, water and shelter. Yet, many leaders overlook its importance in the workplace and, in fact, may be creating a “culture of exile” that drives employees away.
“No one is purposely making people feel they don’t belong, but they’re also not proactively making them feel they do—and that’s a huge mistake,” says Christine Comaford, author of The New York Times best-seller, SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together.
Here are five red flags, according to SmartTribes, that warn managers they are fostering a culture of exile:
1. Certain people get preferential treatment. Maybe there are different sets of rules for different employees—full timers vs. part-timers, salaried staff vs. hourly staff, friends of the boss vs....(register to read more)