A sense of belonging is a natural, basic need. Part of how you define yourself depends on what types of groups to which you belong: family units, social groups, religious affiliations, and common interest groups such as fitness, music or hobbies. The need to feel like you belong doesn’t end when you enter the workplace. By the end of this course, you will be able to identify exclusive and inclusive behaviors and the effects they have on the work environment.
The workplace is another group to which you belong, and another way for you to define yourself. Although there may be many differences in coworkers’ personalities, behaviors and beliefs, it is important to avoid exclusive behaviors and learn to respect each others differences to productively work together as one team.