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According to the survey, nearly one in three Black employees and one in four Asian employees said they have felt out of place at work because of their ethnicity or race. (Credit: Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com)

In his book, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” Robert D. Putnam discusses the difference between the “bonding” and “bridging” models of social connection. Our initial tendency is to exclusively “bond” via shared similarities rather than to inclusively “bridge” between people who think and feel differently. A newly released report details an approach to the workplace that comes down squarely on the side of the “bridging” model, calling it “belonging.”

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