Behaviors shape the culture of an office and the decisions we make every day contribute to the environment we experience. No one wants to feel isolated at work, but it can happen due to physical barriers, differences in work styles, or even just temporary unavailability. Actively isolating people can damage a team’s integrity and morale. As a leader, will you be part of the problem or the solution?
Sometimes, people isolate themselves due to a problem with the team dynamic, their introverted nature, or their specialization in a specific task. Recognize that some people need space, but also consider the work environment you want to create.
The responsibility to build or contribute to a positive work environment lies with you, not your boss, CEO, or peers. If you want to change the office culture, you must actively work towards that goal. Don’t wait for others to do it for you.
However, be prepared for resistance, as change can disrupt people’s work environment. Creating a cohesive team where everyone feels connected takes effort. Pay attention to both what people say and how they act, as the latter can reveal their true priorities in the office.
Over time, people will notice your actions and their impact, measuring them against your words. Be the light and commit to doing things the right way, and you might be surprised at the results.