We all live in a world filled with communities. We experience a sense of community where we work, where we study, and most importantly, where we live. As a property manager or community association, it's important to make sure there is a positive sense of community in your area. Sure, fostering a sense of community sounds great, but how do you go about doing it?
We've put together a list of 3 ways to help you build a strong sense of community in your association.
- Support relationship building: People are more likely to feel a sense of belonging if they are close with their neighbors and the staff of the community. Maintain sidewalks and hallways to promote walking, hold resident appreciation parties and hire staff that cares about the people living in the building or neighborhood. Foster friendships and relationships and your residents will be happier and feel a deeper sense of community.
- Encourage shared experiences: Encourage residents to get together and share experiences. Promote philanthropy projects that residents can work on together and invite volunteers to be a part of your community association. Create social gathering places and hold events to bring residents together.
- Be accessible: It's a great feeling to know that someone in charge cares about your needs. Don't ignore complaints. Deal with them and don't be afraid to apologize when necessary. Respond to inquiries and hold events for residents to meet staff and management. A simple smile and positive attitude can go a long way in improving someone's day, so make it a point to make sure that staff is friendly.
Home is where the heart is, and having a sense of community around your home leads to a happier living area. Put an effort to make sure that the needs of your residents are all being met, and make sure they know that you are there to make their experience better. Give them a safe place to live and opportunities to meet and speak with neighbors, and human nature will take care of the rest.