Who is Your Community?
The street where I live is considered part of a neighborhood. In my neighborhood are a plethora of homes filled with individuals who, by proximity, would be considered part of my community. But I will be very honest in saying I don’t really know the people who live in my community. Yet, I live with a strong sense of community. I think it’s important to remember that you don’t have to live within a community to be a part of one.
Whether it’s at church, with friends, on a volunteer team, at the gym, or at the office, community matters. Everyone wants to feel valued and respected. Everyone wants to belong. Communities allow us to be unique individuals with a common, unified purpose.
Where Community Counts
I returned recently from an industry event with one of our clients that was completely female focused. These women were joining together in community offering positive reinforcement, support, encouragement, and accountability.
This specific industry, HVAC, is predominantly male, but it is NOT male dominated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in 2018, out of a reported 472,000 people working as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, only 1.4% of them were female. With numbers like this, it’s understandable the significance of strong community between women in such an industry.
Community in the Workplace
Community offers support, celebrates wins, shares in successes, encourages development, and promotes collaboration. Just as with our personal lives, community is paramount in our professional lives.
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”Henry Ford
At Streamline Event Agency, we believe that a community focused workplace means caring about the work produced, the people creating, and the overall success of the team. That’s why we strive to contribute to and become a part of the communities our clients have created within their organizations. It’s also why we’ve created a community minded environment in our own workplace.
Do you have good community? How are you contributing to that community?