What Research Says

Belonging is a fundamental human need. Unsurprisingly, research shows that fostering belonging and wellbeing in organisations has huge benefits for business, individuals, and for


Three Essential Steps to Make 2021 More Inclusive

Dec 31 2020

Remember, it’s not about how much you say you care, it’s about what you do with that care and who it ultimately benefits, that counts.


Belonging in Aotearoa

Dec 1 2020

In Aotearoa, we have long understood the importance of place. Many of us feel a powerful sense of belonging to places and people and draw strength from those connections. Zoe Brownlie and Kaisa Wilson take a practical look at how we can incorporate this sense of belonging into our organisations.


How to extend diversity & inclusion efforts to suppliers

Feb 12 2021

Diversity champion, leadership expert and coach Jenny Garrett explains why diversity and inclusion company efforts should extend to supply chains. Although the UK, is lagging behind countries like the US in supplier diversity, she provides some useful advice on why organisations should make a start and how.


Why Belonging Is Important at Work: Employee Engagement and Diversity

April 23 2020

Belonging is a fundamental need for human beings. The feeling that you don’t belong can be as stressful as physical pain. When you add elevated fears about health or economic uncertainty, belonging at work becomes more important than ever for employee engagement.


Fostering Belonging and Wellbeing in New Zealand

May 8 2020

To support organisations through COVID-19 and beyond, a digital community that fosters employee belonging and wellbeing has been launched in New Zealand.


Fostering a Culture of Belonging Post-Covid

May 18 2020

Encouraging employee belonging is a key strategy for dealing with the fallout from Covid-19. Belong founder Zoe Brownlie offers a six-step plan for developing a culture of belonging in your business.


How Inclusion Matters

May 19 2020

The business case for inclusion and diversity (I&D) is stronger than ever. Taking a closer look at diversity winners reveals what can drive real progress.

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D&I Efforts for COVID-19

May 7 2020

As a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, Covid-19 hit my business hard. First slowly and then seemingly all at once: my talks and panels were cancelled, travel plans nixed, and workshops and in-person events cleared off the calendar. As workplaces shut down and employees moved to working from home, my colleagues inside organizations shared stories about lunch & learns, speaker panels, workshops, and other DE&I programming haphazardly moved to virtual, postponed indefinitely, or simply cancelled.


Onboarding Empathy

Feb 9 2019

Someone's first day at a new job is a critical point to work on fostering a sense of belonging


5 Ways to Improve Inclusiveness

Mar 20 2019

Here are five things that leaders can do to make their workplace more inclusive and, in doing so, improve employee diversity.


The Little Things That Make Employees Feel Appreciated

Jan 23 2020

Authentic appreciation, which plays a big part in belonging.


Belonging at Work is Essential

Sep 19 2019

Employees with a high sense of belonging take 75% fewer sick days than employees who feel excluded. These sick days equate to almost $2.5 million worth of lost productivity each year, per 10,000 workers.

Excluded employees have a 50% higher rate of turnover than employees who feel they belong, costing organisations about $10 million annually per 10,000 employees.

Organisations can enable connections among their people by creating workplaces with settings that encourage people to socialize, prompt spontaneous interaction, and make all employees—both local and remote—feel at home.


The Business Case for Belonging

When employees feel like they belong, they are 167% more likely to recommend their organisation as a great place to work.

Experiments showed a single incidence of micro-exclusion can lead to an immediate 25% decline in an individual’s performance on a team project.


6 Ways to Foster Belonging

Know how you're tracking

Social bonds

Trusting relationships

Be intentional about inclusion

Bring belonging out into the open

A shared vision makes all the difference


Creating Encouraging Workplace Settings

Organisations can enable connections among their people by creating workplaces with settings that encourage people to socialize, prompt spontaneous interaction, and make all employees—both local and remote—feel at home.


Beyond Diversity: Workplace Anecdotes

Mar 26 2019

Anecdotes — especially from high-level people — about the struggle to fit in, or to be their authentic selves at work, can be a powerful tool to nurture a sense of belonging among an entire workforce.


Design Processes - Employee Wellbeing

Using a proper human centred design process to create employee wellbeing