The lack of human connection is on the rise. We as humans spend most of our waking hours at work. We need connection in order to be our best selves. The workplace has traditionally been a very transactional environment but if companies can realize the opportunity they are sitting to facilitate more human connection, we get not only happier and more engaged people, but more successful businesses. Let’s Jam.

Companies can be heroes. Everyday
Companies can be heroes. Everyday

Over the past few years, the topic of human connection, and more so the lack of it, has gotten a lot of attention. Individuals like David Brooks mention the crisis of…

Human connection should be the most important metric companies optimize for. Here’s why and how to remove the barriers stopping it.

When I think of the workplace, I often think of a scene from Nintendo’s Super Mario Kart. Beyond just an experience that defines childhoods around the world, the fast-paced racing courses and the use of items to sabotage opponents have an appropriate analogy for today’s workplace.

Specifically, one of the features of the game is the use of various power-up items obtained by driving into item boxes laid out on the course. …

While we now understand that psychological safety, or the idea that you won’t be punished if you make a mistake at work, is the biggest catalyst for breakthrough innovation, how can a company build that at scale? Psychological safety at its core revolves around trust. And so, if we can create the channels that increase trust amongst employees, we can set the stage for psychological safety to flourish. Jam is the solution doing just that.

Think Tom Hanks in the 1988 classic Big.

Remember the scene when fancy corporate partner Paul (John Heard) is pitching the building-that-turns-into-robot toy that will capitalize on the growing industry trend of action-figure sales? He’s in a crispy suit in front of the CEO and other colleagues, armed with a detailed white board & tantalizing financial projections, promising the hockey-stick growth the company needs to stay relevant in the cut-throat toy market. Paul’s a hero, spewing a lot of jargon that carries the momentum no inferior colleague would ever dare to challenge. …

We as a society are trending towards a crisis of connection. It wasn’t so long ago, after all, that we connected meaningfully with each other more or less by default. Though technology is largely to blame, we can leverage that same technology to figure it out again — especially now that we know what is at stake.

The people around us, whether familiar or unfamiliar, can be the sources of inspiration and connection we need most, right now.

In “The Great Silence”, humanist sci-fi author Ted Chiang writes about man’s search for signs of alien life. …

Shea Parikh

Jamming at Jam—we help companies enhance their culture. Davidson College. Venture For America Fellow. Photographer of over-exposed photos.

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