I want to introduce to you my work, and the concept of Corporate Attachment ™.
John Bowlby introduced the Attachment Theory in 1969. His work was further developed by Mary Ainsworth a few years later. They believed that, “Attachment is a deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space” and that, “we come into the world biologically pre-programmed to form attachment with others as a survival mechanism.” Our attachment is shaped by our early life experiences. Specific attachment styles form as a result of these early interactions. We are secure, anxious, avoidant or disorganized in our attachment bonds. Recent studies confirm that these patterns travel with us as toddlers and show up in our romantic relationships as well. We don’t stop being human beings when we go to work. I propose that individual attachment histories influence how each person shows up in their work relationships. This determines how reactive or responsive individuals are to their workplace stimulants and relational triggers. Herein lies the premise of my Corporate Attachment work and approach.
Relational connection cannot be mandated or structured it must be cultivated and invested into. Over the years leaders and organizations have focused their efforts on leadership development, systems development and organizational development. With all of our incredible technological advancements, information and training; companies continue to experience setbacks in productivity and increased dissatisfaction in the workplace. Workplace relationships have been significantly underestimated in how they influence corporate success.
Relationships are the fuel that make sophisticated organizational systems work. Human relationships working in harmony is the oil that make these systems productive and reliable. If the oil has run out then we work harder and mechanisms in the system grate each other and become a barrier to workplace contentment and organizational success. How we relate matters! We must consider and address relational injuries that impact employee mental and emotional well being, and hinder corporate achievement.