Solidarity in Action: Nurturing a Collaborative Culture
I see the words teamwork and team spirit used often when people talk about their workplace. But does this transcend mere words on emails or letters? I believe in reflecting on a larger concept - solidarity.
Solidarity is the feeling of kinship and behaviour of mutual support, that goes beyond temporary camaraderie. There can be no teamwork without solidarity. I remember in 1948 when I joined Mohindra College on a full scholarship to play on the college team. The positive reinforcement from teachers and peers that accompanied college sports, played a crucial role in nurturing a strong sense of team spirit. The teachers played with the students, and it helped me, a very unassuming young man find my place in the team.
I still remember our team’s outstanding performance in the Yadavindra Cup Finals in 1954 against the team from Punjab Police. There were 10 Olympians amongst the remarkably talented 11 in the opposing team. Our college team of amateurs was awestruck, but we played our best and beat the all-star team by 3-11! The trophy still stands today on display at the college.
This was us together as a team, unhindered by our weaknesses we focused on our goal together.
Solidarity at the workplace
Solidarity is always the key to working together, it is not just during a team match, but when the team travelled together, we would cook, share food, swap stories. One of the many delights of the sport has been the friendships I have forged through the years.
Solidarity isn't just a virtue; it's a powerful force, a formidable weapon adopting a workplace culture grounded in love, wellness, and democratic ideals.
In the evolution of workplace ethics, the first crucial step is cultivating a deep sense of solidarity with our fellow colleagues. Our collective strength, much like in the broader scope of society, lies in the unbreakable bonds of solidarity among co-workers. It's a synergy that transcends roles, connecting workers, executives, and thinkers alike.
In the workplace, installing a strong approach and nurturing indomitable willpower are not just valuable gifts of human life; they're essential to the very fabric of successful collaboration.
By embracing solidarity, we pave the way for a democratic and inclusive environment where every individual contributes to the collective strength.