5 surprising truths for HR leaders about workplace belonging

Without a culture of belonging, employee loneliness can flourish—and cost employers $406 billion a year due to increased absenteeism, lower productivity and work quality, as well as a higher turnover rate.

As a result, it makes strategic sense for HR leaders to bolster a sense of belonging among the workforce, says Adam Smiley Poswolsky, a noted belonging expert and author. However, Poswolsky, who recently spoke about building belonging in a keynote at the Elevate People, Ignite Change (EPIC) Conference, says HR can make common missteps on this journey. For instance, HR leaders assuming that a purpose statement alone will suffice or solely shouldering responsibility can damage efforts to drive inclusive connectedness.

Poswolsky recently sat down with HRE at EPIC in Las Vegas for a video interview, offering actionable advice to mitigate such challenges and build a culture of belonging.

Dawn Kawamoto, Human Resource Executive
Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto is HR Editor of Human Resource Executive. She is an award-winning journalist who has covered technology business news for such publications as CNET and has covered the HR and careers industry for such organizations as Dice and Built In prior to joining HRE. She can be reached at [email protected] and below on social media.