Sharing a foxhole: 4 things our ANZACs taught us about mateship in the workplace

On Saturday 25th April 2015, Australia and New Zealand will pause for the hundredth time to pay tribute to those forever-young ANZACs who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918. For many people, the qualities of courage, compassion and camaraderie displayed by ANZAC soldiers under relentless barrages of artillery and sniper fire helped forge Australia’s identity as a nation.

Indeed, the legacy of Australian ‘mateship’ shaped by these brave men and boys triggered heroic actions of camaraderie, such as Simpson and his donkey. While most of us will never understand what the ANZACs experienced on the beaches of Gallipoli a century ago, we can take their moral code of mateship and apply it to our everyday working lives.

When work gets tough or overwhelming, camaraderie is what pulls people together and gets them through. It is teamwork at its finest in the workplace and it is largely dependent on four key things:

1. Respect and understanding are vital

The best teams and soldiers respect and understand one another. They recognise their differences, accept that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and they work together to achieve the best results possible.

2. A shared affinity is important

Camaraderie in the workplace, as in the trenches, is fuelled by a common goal – a passion for their cause and a belief in the work they are doing. A shared affinity is often what unites colleagues in a business and soldiers in an army.

3. Show solidarity and support one another

The best teams practice solidarity in the workplace. Just like those soldiers on the battlefield, they are united in achieving desired outcomes together and support one another in difficult circumstances. Everyone pitches in and helps out when required.

4. Trust and friendship reigns

The true essence of camaraderie is mateship. This means enjoying the time you spend with your colleagues, whether it is in a foxhole or a workstation. Colleagues, like brothers in arms, put their trust in those around them. Be sure to take a moment on ANZAC Day to reflect on its true meaning and the many lessons you can learn from our great ANZACs.

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