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Belonging-infused employee experiences

Belonging-infused Employee Experiences (BEE) is a holistic approach that integrates the ACES framework—Authenticity, Care, Empowerment, Support—into the fabric of an organization’s culture.

This is designed to enhance the workplace environment by ensuring that every employee feels a genuine sense of belonging.

By focusing on these key belonging markers (Authenticity, Care, Empowerment, Support), it aims to create a workplace where diversity is celebrated, individual contributions are valued, and every employee feels an integral part of the organizational community.

Why is this workshop unique?
This service is based on the ACES belonging framework and BELONG model for inclusive leaders I developed myself. It is a combination of theory and practice and is a combination of solid theory and lived experience.

Service formats

Suitable for organizations

The ACES belonging framework

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I can be myself at work

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I matter at work

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I am an essential part of the team

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I feel seen and heard at work

A belonging-infused employee experience significantly differs from a traditional employee experience in several ways, mainly in its approach to workplace culture, employee engagement, and the overall ethos of the organization.

Key differences
  • Employee-centricity: A belonging-infused approach is deeply employee-centric, focusing on creating an environment where every individual feels valued and supported.
  • Inclusivity and diversity: It embeds inclusivity and diversity into the core of organizational practices, rather than treating them as peripheral or compliance-driven initiatives.
  • Holistic engagement: Engagement is viewed holistically, encompassing emotional, mental, and career aspects, leading to a more fulfilling and enriching employee experience.
Here’s a comparative overview

Traditional employee experience

  1. Focus: Traditionally, the focus has often been on productivity and efficiency, with less emphasis on individual employee needs or experiences.

  2. Engagement: Employee engagement strategies in traditional settings may not always account for diverse backgrounds and perspectives, often adopting a one-size-fits-all approach.

  3. Communication: Communication tends to be top-down, with limited channels for feedback or employee contribution to decision-making.

  4. Diversity and inclusion: While there might be a nominal commitment to diversity, it often lacks depth and doesn’t always translate into everyday practices.

  5. Employee development: Development opportunities are usually standardized, with limited customization to cater to individual career paths or life circumstances.

  6. Workplace culture: The culture might be more hierarchical and rigid, potentially leading to a sense of detachment or alienation among employees.

Belonging-infused employee experience

  1. Focus: Emphasizes the holistic well-being of employees, valuing their contributions not just as workers but as individuals with unique backgrounds and needs.

  2. Engagement: Strategies are designed to be inclusive, recognizing and celebrating diversity in the workforce and actively creating a sense of belonging for every employee.

  3. Communication: Encourages open, two-way communication, ensuring that employees at all levels have a voice and feel heard and respected.

  4. Diversity and inclusion: Goes beyond just diversity in numbers; it actively fosters an inclusive environment where differences are embraced and valued as essential to the organization’s success.

  5. Employee development: Offers personalized development paths, acknowledging and supporting diverse career aspirations, learning styles, and life stages.

  6. Workplace culture: Cultivates a culture of openness, empathy, and support, where employees feel a genuine sense of belonging and connection to their workplace.

In other words

A belonging-infused employee experience is more adaptive, inclusive, and holistic compared to a traditional approach, leading to a more engaged, satisfied, and productive workforce. This approach aligns with modern organizational best practices that recognize the importance of employee well-being and diversity as key drivers of innovation, retention, and overall organizational success.

“Employee experience doesn’t need to replace engagement. The two can actually work together,
and in fact, they have to.”

– Jacob Morgan

What they say

Chared's work on belonging provides evidence that many of the softer aspects of internal comms - like good onboarding and welcoming people - makes a tangible difference in how engaged people feel at work.
Belonging at work webinar
It was great to be interviewed by Chared on her research on belonging at work. It was also wonderful to see how she has organized her findings into a useful tool such as the ACES framework.
Belonging at work research

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