Connectivity in the Workplace

by Tim Hagen on Mon,Oct 13,2014 @ 05:00 PM

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It’s important for employees to feel a sense of connectivity in the workplace, whether it be to their boss, their teammates, their job or to the organization itself.  What is connectivity?  Connectivity is the state of being connected.  What does it mean to be connected?  Connected is to relate to or be in harmony with another person, one’s work, etc.  Managers have the responsibility of keeping everyone connected in the workplace and dealing with different levels of connectivity among his or her employees. Determining whether or not an employee has a connection in these areas is the first step for a manager to take. This will help the manager be more successful with coaching to the employee’s various levels of connectivity. 

For example, some employees may be connected to his or her boss or the company but not to their teammates.  You may have an employee who feels very connected to his or her job and teammates but not to their boss.  Connectivity doesn’t have to be viewed as something negative, it is simply something that people feel or don’t feel.  It is often associated with engagement and relationship building.

It’s easy to want to force someone to feel connected in some way or another, but it takes time for a connection to develop.  As with coaching to other performance attributes, a manager cannot tell someone that they need to be more connected to their teammates or their job, etc.  He or she can, however, determine what level of connectivity their employees have and whether they really do have a strong association and in what areas.  After an employee’s connectivity level is determined, it needs to be nurtured on a continuous basis as it can change from one day to the next. 

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This post was written by Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Sales Progress, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.