More organizations are trying similar activities outside of the office in order to build morale. From CrossFit to escape rooms to simulating a catastrophe, team building has become big business for facilities usually frequented by the casual public. In 2012, U.S. companies spent $46 billion on team-building firms, according to the Association for Talent Development.
The economy of esprit de corps isn’t for naught. According to Gallup, disengagement in American organizations accounts for more than $450 billion in lost productivity annually. And with less than a third of employees actively engaged in their work, according to the analytics company’s State of the American Workplace report, losses pile up quickly. Studies by the Queens School of Business and Gallup found profitability, job growth and share price all fell by more than 15 percent in organizations with low employee engagement.
Source: Penn State employees build team spirit with art classes, activities | Centre Daily Times
Individuals are more loyal to the people they work with than to the actual company. A recent Harvard Business Review study noted the significant role of friendships on our level of satisfaction and engagement at work. This study revealed that “camaraderie promotes a group loyalty that results in a shared commitment to and discipline toward the work. Camaraderie at work can create ‘esprit de corps,’ which includes mutual respect, sense of identity and admiration to push for hard work and outcomes.
Source: Workplaces That Enhance Performance and the Human Experience | Blog.SHRM.org
My one and only time working in retail was a summer job while I was in college, hauling merchandise to the sales floor at a big box store. The fellow workers were great, and I remember an esprit de corps that helped get us through the day.
Source: Evan Jones: Retailers wake up to employee retention | Reading Eagle – MONEY
In short, camaraderie promotes a group loyalty that results in a shared commitment to and discipline toward the work. Camaraderie at work can create “esprit de corps,” which includes mutual respect, sense of identity, and admiration to push for hard work and outcomes. Many companies are engaging in corporate challenges, such as bike to work day, wellness competitions, community service events, and other activities to help build a sense of teamwork and togetherness. Best practice companies also communicate widely about corporate goals and priorities to unify everyone.
Source: We All Need Friends at Work
But of course, coal miners were wonderful people with tremendous esprit de corps, a real solidarity.
Source: A Conversation with Quentin Peel | democraciaAbierta | openDemocracy