Notice fish in an aquarium when a new fish is put in – the older ones form little groups – those of the same type stick close together and the new one is left facing the corner of the aquarium wall looking out. This equation will continue for a few days if not a week or more. Call it groupism.
Groupism at the workplace is counterproductive. The negative effect of groupism is a number of employees turning into yes-men and yes-women with few expressing an independent point of view, instead the group behaving like a herd. Nobody is thinking and no new ideas are generated; if a decision goes downhill the herd goes down too.
Worse, groupism fosters a bias towards another group or individual not part of the group. Fresh input is unwelcome and there is the underlying disharmony which eventually undermines team work and affects organisational productivity.
Employees must come together, but only without the shackles of religion, community, gender, economic status and hierarchy and unite towards common, reasonable objectives.
The organization that understands its diversity and manages it well, is the one that earns the reputation of being a Great-Place-to-Work.