Relationship of Organizational Celebrations to Employee Relationships in Creating a Culture of Community

Grant Gregory Grastorf, Fordham University

Abstract

There has been little research examining how organizational celebrations help people make connections and develop crucial workplace relationships, creating a culture of community. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the relationship organizational celebrations have on employee relationships, which in turn, develops a culture of community when leaders integrate them into their practice. The literature affirms that culture is a key word in today’s organizations as it affects the employees’ work life, motivation, loyalty and success. Celebrations, as a socialization method, is not recognized or offered, as it evokes fun, a word not typically associated with today’s global organizations. Data were collected from 12 respondents across three campuses of Fordham University in New York to examine their celebration practices and the resulting benefits to building a culture of community. The data revealed that when celebrations are used in leadership practice, employees make connections and develop crucial workplace relationships. This, in turn, can make employees happier and engage them in their work, resulting in high functioning organizations with a strong culture of community.^

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Organizational behavior

Recommended Citation

Grastorf, Grant Gregory, "Relationship of Organizational Celebrations to Employee Relationships in Creating a Culture of Community" (2018). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10811147.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI10811147

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