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Workplace rituals matter, more than you might think

One of the questions I get asked a lot lately by leaders in client organizations is how they can give their people reasons to come back to the office.  It seems that many employees like working from home offices and are reluctant to give it up, at least completely.  While certainly not the only answer, workplace rituals can play an important role in tipping the balance.

But it was a conversation with one client a few weeks ago got me thinking about other reasons that workplace rituals matter.  They create inclusivity and relevance for employees, leading to improved performance. But sadly, many leaders don’t take, or even realize, this opportunity to build and maintain team and company culture.

Which is why I wrote my latest column in The Globe and Mail that published on Friday.  In Workplace rituals matter, more than you might think, I explain what makes a workplace ritual, and offer several ideas that are simple to implement.


If you’re a paid online subscriber to The Globe, you can also access this directly at their site via this link:

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  What have been your experiences with workplace rituals?  One reader at The Globe cynically commented that this column was a “whole bunch of activities to ask people to be at work longer without getting paid for it”.  While that certainly wasn’t my intention, I’d love to know if you agree or disagree.  Please add your comment below.

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