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iBelong

Helping people belong in the workplace since 2016

We strongly feel that everyone needs to belong. We have identified that the workplace is a critical environment where people feel excluded for multiple reasons.

We went out and asked people to give us a time or situation where they felt they didn’t belong and a time when they did. We received a lot or responses about family and work place belonging.
A high proportion of respondents mentioned issued relating to work. We decided to focus on this area as we felt we could make a difference.

Back at Jam central we built on these questions to gain further insight into the issue of belonging in the workplace and asked the following:

• Give an example of when you felt like you didn’t belong in the workplace?
• What can you do off you own back to help you feel more included in the workplace?
• What areas/solutions are most important?

Issues such as fearing pre-existing friend groups, not knowing people’s names and a lack of training came out as incidences when people felt they didn’t belong.

In terms of things people could do by themselves to feel more included, confidence building came out as something very important. Also making the most of social opportunities.

Looking at other government services on workplace such as citizen’s advice information on belonging and the workplace is disparate. There is a great deal of information often presented. There is little information on building confidence and the role it plays in workplace belonging.

Research suggests that the need to belong is often overlooked in the workplace. Not belonging can trigger a biological response that can be harmful and can lead to a loss in productivity.
We are aiming to encourage discussion and offer / generate advice to empower individuals to improve situations where the workplace is not inclusive.

We are aiming to encourage discussion and offer / generate advice to empower individuals to improve situations where the workplace is not inclusive.

We are developing an interactive web app that will offer and share information and experience to improve users sense of belonging at work.

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