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Wednesday, 14th July 2021

Are you and your team missing a sense of collective effervescence?


In his NY Times article this week, Wharton Professor Adam Grant, who signalled the predominant emotion of languishing earlier this year, has highlighted the risk of employees losing a sense of collective effervescence, a term coined by Emile Durkheim in the early 20th century.  It refers to what happens when joy spreads throughout a group.  Grant highlights pre-Covid research noting that people felt collective effervescence at least once a week, with 33% of the sample experiencing it at least once a day and progresses to describes the negative impact that Covid-19 and remote working has had on this social phenomenon.


In Thrive Advisory’s recent Covid-19 Leadership Research, 38% of our participants stated their organisational culture was negatively impacted by Covid-19 and the related context of remote working, despite demonstrable support and care from senior leaders and their managers.


What are you doing to build a sense of connected culture and collective effervescence?