Does it matter whether you experience being seen and appreciated by others? Recent studies, described in the Harvard Business Review, show the value to you and to the group of experiencing that your presence matters, that you are seen, and that you connect with others in the group.
In the EY Belonging Barometer Study, with survey data from 1,000 employed adults in the USA, when people experience belonging at work, they are 3.5 times more likely to contribute much more in their work. This belonging is stronger when colleagues check in with them regularly, acknowledging them both personally and professionally.
In a survey with 1,789 full-time employees in the USA, and in experiments with 2,000 participants, BetterUp scientists found that high belonging correlates with 56% higher job performance, 50% less turnover risk, 75% fewer sick days. They calculate that for a 10,000-person company, this equals $52million a year in savings.
Both of these descriptions of belonging correspond with the experience of the relationship to the other between the inner and middle circle (see figure below). You and I see each other for our capacities (inner circle), and we begin to accompany each other in our own learning experiences. This means that these huge savings come from simply seeing the other, for their basic capacities, by acknowledging and accepting them.
What would be the value of a much deeper experience of belonging, of supporting each other in one’s learning process, through continuous check-ins around one’s own learning (middle circle of the other)? And, if you and I were to support each other in exploring our deeper potential, to be able to make our own deeper contribution to the group, learning more about myself, because you accompany me, in trust? If the relationship to the other at the level between the inner and middle circle is as valuable as these studies show, being much more likely to contribute and to be much more present, what is the value of being fully present, as seen in the outer circle? What do you think?