Why Community Matters
C O M M U N I T Y – A group, body, clan, coterie, set, section, or band living in the same quarters or share the same set of interests. A feeling of fellowship with others who share the same attitudes and values. C3 would just be an empty space with cool furniture without its members. We come to C3 every day because we crave human interaction. We need love and support from others to get through our days. We seek community. The people we surround ourselves with are our lifeline. They help us celebrate the wins and lend us a hand during our losses. This is just as important at work as it is at home and in our personal lives. As we evolve further and further into a digital age, more and more companies are turning to hire remote workers. Technology has taught us that you don’t need your team onsite to be successful. Brilliant. But what companies failed to see is that having employees onsite provides a sense of camaraderie, support, social life, and community. While working from home sounds like a dream, it isn’t always so glamorous. Not only does one encounter the distractions of home, but they also lose human-to-human interaction. Who can go 10 hours a day without interacting with another person?!
Then coworking was introduced and all is well with the world! Coworking provides remote workers with the same community and positive vibe that is found in typical offices while allowing people to work remotely. Building your work community is vital for overall health and happiness in a career.
Whether you work in a coworking space or in a regular office, below are some ideas on how to bring employees or remote workers together:
HOST WEEKLY HAPPY HOURS
There’s nothing better than kicking back with a cold one after a long week. Why not grab a few coworkers or members to join you! Being able to unwind with people you work with can boost office morale, build long-lasting relationships, and can even open the door to new friendships and opportunities.
GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
Giving back to the community is not only rewarding, but it really enhances the community’s vibe. Try getting a group together to pick up trash at a local park, or volunteer at the humane society! Helping others is the best feeling in the world and doing it with friends is even better!
BE CLEAR ABOUT COMPANY CULTURE
Expectations are so important! Not only about work tasks, but also the company culture. Do you go out for team lunches every Wednesday? Have a summer mixer in July? Host an annual fly-fishing trip for employees or members? Make sure your team is aware of what is going on so that they can participate in all the fun activities!
CELEBRATE THE LITTLE WINS
Celebrating the little wins are just as important as the big wins. It boosts positivity in the office and shows your employees that they are valued and important to the company.