When people spend more waking hours at work each week than they do with their loved ones, it's important that the workplace has a solid sense of community.And the need to ensure employees feel an attachment to their place of work has become more important as the competition for skilled workers continues to grow.
The notion of community is a strong one for travel agency Flight Centre, which has a firm policy of egalitarianism in all its offices.
"Flight Centre's team culture is the backbone of everything we do and what makes our company such a great place to work," says Flight Centre (NZ) HR director Sue Matson.
"One of our most important philosophies is the importance of egalitarianism in the workplace. Egalitarianism means people are focused on their core role at work, rather than position or hierarchy and helps people quickly into the team culture. On a daily basis, this means everyone in the company, no matter what their role, wears the same corporate uniform and manages their own administration work - so there are no personal assistants or receptionists. No matter what their position, everyone is entitled to the same work privileges."