What is a healthy workplace?? It may be many things, most certainly it is a workplace that is positive.? When people are engaged in positive emotion, they are more productive, engaged and resilient to change.??They are more connected to each other, and feel safe being authentic.
How can you create this workplace?? Perhaps it is not as difficult as it seems.? It may just take a change in habit!
I wonder – what would it be like – if we changed our habit at work around openness?? What if -?instead?of ‘leaving your personal life/emotions/troubles at home’ we invited people to mindfully, openly share their?experiences with their peers – at work.? What if work was a ‘safe place’ where we could all be free to be who we are.?
Check out this wonderful video.? It is a true lesson for us all.? As the teacher in the video says ‘when someone listens to you, they become part of?your heart.’
So…I wonder.? Is there not a place for more empathy?in our?workplaces?? And, isn’t it true, that when someone shares their experience with you, you ‘connect’ with them in a whole new way?
Many of the leaders I work with are fearful of ‘opening the floodgates’ by welcoming people sharing their personal experiences.? That is understandable – it can get ugly when someone is ‘stuck’ in their problems.?
An important point – also made in the video (in the scene with the young boy in the washroom) – is that our thinking and practice about dealing with emotions might be completely backward in our workplaces.? Because we do not welcome open sharing, the emotional pain and troubled experiences that people keep bottled up within them actually has MORE negative impact on the workplace, not LESS.
I think open sharing can set us ‘free’ to get to work and be productive…in a whole new way.
And, it might be a good idea, to end the sharing session with a glass of orange juice!!
What do you think?
?Deri Latimer, B Mgt, CSP, is an expert in possibilities for people! She is one of fewer than 10% of speakers globally who hold the designation of Certified Speaking Professional, the speaking profession?s measure of excellence in professional platform skill. Deri combines a Business degree in Human Resources with experience from business sectors including health care, manufacturing, education, agriculture, government, mining, transportation, tourism, and professional services. Deri helps individuals and organizations optimize their performance by managing their energy; applying the latest research and practice in positive psychology, appreciative inquiry, emotional intelligence, and employee engagement.? www.derilatimer.com