COMMUNITY – The first thing that comes to mind when I think of community is a feeling of togetherness. It’s fellowshipping with others who have similar interests, attitudes, goals, religious beliefs, the area where you’re from, etc.
In the workplace, the community is also known as the culture of the workplace. It’s how employees interact with each other, their bosses and others who come to do business with them. It could be collegial, professional, or competitive depending on the type of business you’re in. Thus, finding a perfect fit can a daunting experience for managers who have to hire new employees as they try their best to determine whether your personality would gel with the others to continue the status quo without any hiccups.
In our own personal backyard, our community is wherever you reside (condos, apartments, townhomes, rowhouses, single family homes) and the neighbors within, next door or nearby. We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise one child.” This saying originated from the Nigerian Igbo culture and proverb "Ora na azu nwa" which means it takes the community/village to raise a child. This was true many years ago when communities were more cohesive. However, today, while we may still find pockets of communities who believe in this saying, the rest of our neighbors simply mind their own business and don’t take the time to even get to know each other.
We need to change this attitude. If we can fit in when we go to work it makes sense to fit in where you live. You may not like everyone but it doesn’t hurt to let your neighbors know that they can say hello and engage in small talk with you. Having a community gives you a feeling of belonging and fellowship. So, why not start today.