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Why is Social Cohesion Important?
Social Capital, social inclusion, social mobility?
‘No man is an island’ is a famous quote that most of us are very aware of, which reminds us of our own distinct and unique purpose. The truth is, no one can ever do their usual routines without interacting with someone. Each person you encounter every day, maybe someone you already knew or a total stranger, affecting your daily living even by their most straightforward actions.
Nevertheless, it is proof that as we stand on the same ground and as we share the same blue sky, we are connected.
We can cohesively put together new ideas and aspirations by sharing a purpose with other people to achieve social goals.
What is social cohesion?
When you’re talking about how connected and united members of the society are, you’re referring to social cohesion. Social cohesion is the situation occurs when people willingly work and cooperate despite the existing differences in their demeanor, culture, and beliefs.
Imagine a boat in the midst of the sea while there is a storm ravaging them. All persons on the boat need to move and cooperate with other personnel to contain the situation to survive.
The same goes for our social interactions. Being able to put your full trust in other community members to achieve the same goal as yours pertains to social cohesion.
To be socially cohesive is to have a sense of belongingness and build good relationships with community members. It opens gateways of opportunities to society members and fosters positive social mobility towards each other’s well-being.
According to the research posted online conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the three pillars of social cohesion are social inclusion, social capital, and social mobility.
Social inclusion refers to the extent of participation of an individual in the society, especially those who are disadvantaged who need to be amplified to be heard. It is also the process of involving them in addressing certain causes within the community.
On the other hand, social capital is the reason behind various systems in society, economy, and politics. Citizens share values, norms, trust, which is essential in the process of social exchange.
Moreover, social mobility refers to the movement of an individual’s social status in society. Its movement can either be upward and downward depending on what they are experiencing, whether they progress or diminish on the social strata.
These three pillars of social cohesion help us to identify whether a society is strongly glued and bonded.
It starts with the citizens’ keenness to build a just society where a multitude of people is fused together to share policies that focus on the members’ equity.
Furthermore, social cohesion binds people together and promotes trust among them, where they learn to uphold the same goals and ambition of the community.
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Why is social cohesion necessary?
Understanding social cohesion is essential to address the social downsides such as social exclusion and marginalization where discrimination and inequality are still rampant in every corner of society.
In reality, most of us think that there is always this thin greyline that separates most people from other social groups leading to poor and unstable connections within the members. This form of social relegations forbade many to participate in the community’s activities.
A cohesive society maintains a healthy and robust connection within the community, encompassing all individual citizens, regardless of their social class, to achieve the common good. The cohesive society will treat all cultures, races, sexual orientations, gender equitably.
Their main goal is to focus on their economic dynamism and business growth where no one is left behind. A cohesive society encourages everyone to participate and share in the community’s success.
To move forward, the community should unite its citizens with stabilized policies and inclusive activities. Citizens will only sustain their competitiveness to reach their team goals within a united society.
It is also important because it eradicates social fractures and inconsistencies and connects everyone to resolve conflicts easily.
Social cohesion is a significant context that results in a long-term progression where people can live in an inclusive society with stable social policies.
Social cohesion in business
Social cohesion in business reflects the company’s positive outcomes and the members’ engagement with the group. One must know how to work with their team cohesively to survive the stiff competition within business industries.
One of the most important factors that a group must consider is their solidarity. Building an inclusive workplace environment where employees can freely cooperate and express their ideas and opinions motivates them to be more productive.
Members who feel that they are heard and belonging to the group boost their will to do more for the team. Empowering each member socially does not only contributes to their personal well-being but also to the company’s prosperity.
A team is like a support system that an individual can always lean on. Solidarity among members enables them to stay motivated, especially with tight deadlines, with their willingness, passion, and overall cooperation. Working together, collaborating, and cooperation is always the key to a bountiful outcome.
A cohesive team drives each other towards each member’s betterment and works passionately, especially in crisis times.
Following the context of social cohesion, businesses are more likely to succeed in their projects if the team is interpersonally motivated and united.