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OW SERIES: Day 35 – How superordinate goals keep people together

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We haven’t all experienced lockdown in the same way. Some have felt indispensable, others useless. And others have lacked recognition because teleworking has rendered their contribution invisible. These differences naturally give rise to tensions like mutual stereotyping, disintegration of teams and declining performance. How can these be avoided?

Psychology’s solution is the “superordinate goal”, i.e. a goal that can only be achieved through the active participation of each member of the company. By setting common objectives and emphasizing cooperation over competition we will get through this time with our work connections intact.

As it happens, it is now less important to find similarities in our experiences than it is to unite around what it is we want to become.

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By Adrien Chignard

Adrien Chignard, Occupational Psychologist, Sens & Coherence

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