Words are powerful. They provide meaning, inspiration and influence. Rudyard Kipling said, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Many words we use without a second thought to where they came from; words that play integral roles in our daily lives.
Company is one of those. I work for this company. You work for that company. We do business with the company over there.
But where did the word company come from? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word originates from the Old French word compagnie meaning “society, friendship, intimacy; body of soldiers.” It stands for companionship.
This makes sense even today. The best companies stay true to the original meaning of the word. They are places where employees find belonging with their co-workers and leaders, they trust and help one another, and they fight for something; they have purpose.
A company was never just a place where business is done.
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.
- What does your company do to help employees feel like they belong? What can you do more of?
- What have you done in the last week to help a co-worker?
- What can you do more of to help people feel like they have a sense of purpose?