In his book, "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival ofAmerican Community," Robert D. Putnam discusses the differencebetween the "bonding" and "bridging" models of socialconnection. Our initial tendency is to exclusively "bond" viashared similarities rather than to inclusively "bridge" betweenpeople who think and feel differently. A newly released reportdetails an approach to the workplace that comes down squarely onthe side of the "bridging" model, calling it "belonging."

In "The Power of Belonging: What It Is and Why ItMatters in Today's Workplace," researchers at theCenter for Talent Innovation discuss the results of two recentsurveys analyzing the "belonging scores" of nearly 3,800college-educated professionals across a broad range ofdemographics, and how companies can foster a sense of belonging by"co-creat[ing] company cultures informed by all perspectives."

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.