Author: Anita Emoff
Co-Author: Hannah Stickford
Let’s talk affinity! At this point, we have given you the potential why behind employees jumping ship in our last blog post. Now, we will dive right into how to retain and gain employees by establishing a culture of connection and introspection( see what I did there?)—okay, moving forward! When you hear someone say “affinity,” what comes to mind? Does it have to do with someone liking someone or someone having a resemblance or connection to someone else? Or maybe you’re completely out there and connecting affinity with the infinity stones in Marvel. Anybody? No? Alrighty, well, if you had the first two thoughts pop into your head, you are on the right track. So let’s get started!
Let’s talk about what affinity means to you and the workplace.
Webster defines affinity as “sympathy marked by community of interest: KINSHIP.” You’re probably thinking, how does this affect me and my workplace? Well, it affects everything that you do! Let’s break this down. You are around people you prefer in life and choose to be around, right? And usually, when you select these people, you have reasons behind wanting to hang out with them or include them in your everyday life. Some reasons can consist of commonalities with personalities, religions, past experiences/connections, etc. We all choose to connect with people based on initial commonality and interest.
So, how does this fit in with work, and why does it matter?
According to the Gettysburg College Article, the average person spends around one-third of their life working. So a third of your life is spent at work and with people from work. So if we think of this as the big picture, you will spend a third of your life creating kinship and culture at your workplace.
That holds a lot of weight and meaning to how much influence you have at your workplace. This is why knowing how and affinity is so important. You cannot gain ultimate employee loyalty without engaging with the people you work side by side with and understanding the foundation of affinity and how that directly affects the culture in your workplace.
Wrapping up this blog and leaving you with this last thought: business owners should have an affinity with their employees to gain trust, loyalty and ultimately create a culture where they feel comfortable and “attached” to their job in a good way. This is the foundation you create in a workplace culture that people don’t want to leave because it’s healthy, communicative, and establishes respect and transparency in your organization. A sturdy foundation is what you, as a business owner/leader will continue to build from.
Connect with Anita Emoff at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Emoff – As Chairman and Owner of Boost Engagement, Anita oversees operations and sets the example for a driven, positive culture for the company. Her passionate personality brings out the best in our organization and our staff. In addition, Anita aspires to engage people and inspire company cultures to think outside of the box.
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