The human story

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John Steinbeck once said, “Try to understand people. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a person well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”

If you’re not familiar with it, check out Humans of New York online – through their website, Facebook or Instagram. I swear it will become a bright spot in your day. It’s the brainchild of Brandon Stanton who started taking photographs of people in New York and asking them questions about their lives.

He found that everyone has a story inside them. He now travels the world taking people’s pictures and asking them about their lives. And it doesn’t matter if the person is in the US, Pakistan, Mexico or Ukraine, the stories show the deep connections we share in our humanity – love, loss, humor, joy, heartbreak, and even the mundane.

We share more connections with one another than we think. The more time we take to share with each other, the more attachment and trust we grow. Teams build strong levels of loyalty and commitment when they are emotionally invested in one another. This means getting to know each other on a personal level.

Simply eating lunch together, going for a walk break, sharing small tidbits about your weekend before starting a meeting, or volunteering or attending events together are great ways to build strong connections.

Are you cultivating these types of relationships at your workplace?

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.

  1. How do strong relationships make your job easier at work?

  2. How often do you invest time in nurturing relationships with team members?

  3. What can you do as a team/organization to build stronger relationships by encouraging personal connections?