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Topic: Appreciation

Community and Connection: Fostering Employee Belonging in the Workplace

Daniel Patterson and Dr. Cristen Dalessandro of O.C. Tanner Institute

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Company culture. It's a perennial topic of conversation for HR professionals, but what does it mean in practice? And what practical steps can you take to create a thriving workplace culture? Mission, values, and goals—these are all important facets of culture. But we can't forget about community. Workplace community is what brings employees together. It’s the sense of belonging, trust, and unity that helps people feel welcome and encourages them to stay.

For organisations seeking to attract, retain, and grow top talent, a strong workplace community is vital. You'll know you've successfully facilitated this kind of community when your teams experience meaningful connections, a strong sense of belonging, and a compelling purpose. But community building takes mindful work.

Join Daniel Patterson and Dr. Cristen Dalessandro of the O.C. Tanner Institute during this webinar as they share the research and insights you need to establish the practical steps your organisation can take to strengthen workplace communities and help your people thrive.


  • What elements are essential to a strong workplace community
  • How strong workplace communities create a high sense of belonging and connection for employees, including hybrid and remote workers
  • How integrated recognition and modern leadership practices improve community

About the speakers:

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Daniel Patterson
Senior Researcher, O.C. Tanner Institute

As a senior researcher for the O.C. Tanner Institute, Daniel excels in generating actionable insights that shape workplace culture outcomes for organisations worldwide. Specialising in mixed-method research, he develops tailored initiatives to improve communication and engagement for clients across a variety of industries where his depth of experience in cultural and narrative analysis enables him to consult with organisations in ways that improve the overall employee experience.

Daniel holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Utah, with advanced studies in research and theory.

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Dr. Cristen Dalessandro
Senior Researcher, O.C. Tanner Institute

Cristen Dalessandro is a senior researcher and sociologist at O.C. Tanner, specialising in the study of social inequalities as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods. As part of the O.C. Tanner Institute, she conducts client assessment projects and researches employee experience and workplace culture through a social-science lens.

Cristen holds a PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah. She is the author of over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her recent book, Intimate Inequalities: Millennials’ Romantic Relationships in Contemporary Times, explores how millennials navigate social and identity differences in their relationships.

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