Our founder and equality and diversity Samantha Lee highlights the importance of ‘a sense of belonging’ in both the workplace and wider society.
Psychologists have identified six basic needs considered essential in order for people to achieve true wellbeing.
These are physical and emotional security, economic stability, recognition of their worth, control over their lives and a sense of belonging in any given situation.
I believe that if we feel we live on the margins of society we live in the most vulnerable position of all.
The sense of not belonging in the UK is huge. The divide of ‘them and us’ is massive and seemingly unsurpassable. Although it can be tempting to ignore our fundamental needs we cannot deny them.
If we look at how the majority of society feels there is a lack of connection in modern times and a feeling of being dislocated from one another – a sense of not belonging.
Various points of difference can contribute to individuals feeling alienated from their families, communities or colleagues. These include religion, age, race, sexual orientation and disability.
By addressing prejudice and educating people on diversity it’s possible to eliminate feelings of marginalisation and enable individuals to lead more contented and productive lives.
Find out more about enabling a sense of belonging by contacting one of our team for an informal discussion (you can call 0800 031 9181 or use the contact form on the contact us page).