Why is Community Important at Work?

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For many companies, 2020 brought a sudden transition to remote work. Teams were scattered as everyone worked from home, and the only interaction people experienced with their teams was virtual. One challenge that has emerged in this period of rapid change has been building community in the workplace. But why is community so vital at work?

The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.

  –Dean Ornish

Community: A Historical Perspective

Humans are hard-wired for connection. We are tribal creatures, and evolutionarily speaking, we literally used to depend on one another for survival. In tribal times, if a hunter was injured while on the hunt, he depended on his tribe to provide him with food and healing care until he was ready to get back on his own two feet and resume providing.

So even when a hunter was unable to hunt and provide for the tribe (the hunter not giving something), the tribe was there to care for him and nurture...