As per Wikipedia, an Affinity Group is, “… a group formed around a shared interest or common goal, to which individuals formally or informally belong. Affinity groups are generally precluded from being under the aegis of any governmental agency, and their purposes must be primarily non-commercial. Examples of affinity groups include private social clubs, fraternities, writing or reading circles, hobby clubs, and groups engaged in political activism.”
Your employees spend endless hours together, sometimes more hours together than they do with their own family and friends. Ensuring that they get on and find common ground is vital. Alas, many employees never connect on a more deeper level than that of colleague to colleague.
Stats show that employees who engage on this higher level with each, connecting and being freer with each other, proved to increase their productivity levels as well as their morale.
Diversity can play a very harmful role in the workplace, from gender to race and the many other facets that make us different. However, bringing people together with a common goal and interest can eliminate those barriers.
How can Affinity Group’s be encouraged and started?
- Finding a common goal to work towards
- Explaining the reasons why Affinity Groups are good for everyone
- Convincing with numbers in mind – 2 or 3 that agree will find it easier to convince others
- Keeping it simple – work with what you have at hand – from location to facilities
- Making a plan and sticking to it
- Including those that travel too – remote still works
- Delegating and assigning roles
- Encouraging constantly and reiterating the reason the Affinity Group was started
The bigger picture thought here is to create a happy and productive workplace – Affinity Groups can help with this.
We would love to hear about your Affinity Groups and how they came about.
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