Do a quick survey of any group of people, and besides money, ask them what they want to get out of their work day? We did this in our own team the other day, and the results were all the same. People wanted to feel like they’d been productive and done something that mattered and that they felt part of the group.
Building commitment is straight-forward – just mix contribution with connections. This isn’t surprising because as human beings, contribution and connections both provide us with necessary survival elements. The pride of contributing gives us a dash of serotonin and the belonging we create from connections gives us a rush of oxytocin. Both things make us feel great and keep us loyal to the group that makes it possible.
Whether your building or part of a work team, sports team, community group, or even your family, ensuring people feel like they are contributing something important and have strong connections will create lasting commitment.
A TEAM HUMAN CONVERSATION
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
How often do you finish your day feeling like you’ve made a contribution at work?
How does having strong connections at work impact your commitment to your work?
What can you do more of as a team to create higher levels of contribution and stronger connections?