Going through the motions, coasting on autopilot, or just feeling plain old stuck--whatever you happen to call this uninspiring state, we all know how it feels to struggle with motivation in the workplace. These useful tips will get you and your team moving again in no time!
When is the last time you started fresh? I mean truly, thoughtfully, found the reset button that’s hidden somewhere deep in the nook of your mind and pressed it firmly with the intention to move forward in a new direction? Maybe you tossed that pack of cigarettes in the trash can, or you purged your fridge of processed foods and joined the gym down the street. Or could it be that your goal was more subtle? Maybe you decided that it was high time to be more present; to embody the body that you were blessed with and live life in real time.
No matter the intention, be it part of a long list, or a single ambition, finding the courage to take a leap forward into uncharted territory can be a brooding challenge for us all. For this reason, we often wait for a milestone to arrive before we feel empowered enough to initiate the change. And, now, here we are, possibly the biggest milestone of all is upon us. Welcome to 2020: the age of flying cars and teleportation! What a time to be alive! Okay, okay, so perhaps we’re not quite there yet and these are just futuristic visions I had conjured up as a child, but the point remains, we are officially living in a time when just about anything is possible. From designer bodies, to designer homes, we have the ability to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, does this rump spark joy? And if it doesn’t? Well, what better time than today, the beginning of an era, to do something about it, right?
During holiday season, when I'm on holiday, seeing others on holiday, meeting with people whose people are on holiday, I notice more, and I notice things differently.
- I notice the mind slows down and can be present, more easily.
- That if I pause and breathe, and choose to take in all that's around me, the breeze, the gentle waves, the birds and crickets, the rustling leaves... that I feel really good, deep down in my soul.
- I notice people smile more on holidays.
The Harassment is Real
Whether intentional or not, harassment is as perceived by the recipient.
So if you are, or think you are, being harrassed, how do you feel?
Nervous? Scared? Frustrated? Depressed? Angry? Stressed? Despondent? All of the above, in any given day?
And if you are the “harasser”, how do you feel?
Frustrated? Nervous? Overwhelmed? Stressed? Anxious?
So how do either of you, the Harasser or the Harassee, perform when you're experiencing any of these emotions?
Are you Underperforming?
The answer is yes.
While your reactive brain may have already told you to disregard the rest of this article, the truth is we are all under-performing. And whether you choose to call it “under-performing” or “endless untapped potential”, the reality is, we all have a next level, either known or unknown to us. Before you react (any further:) consider this…
You can’t always motivate everyone at the same time... but you can create an environment that is motivating.
When your work life is busy both stress and tension can rise, bringing the opportunity for conflicts and power struggles to rise with it. It is in these times that we can lose sight of what is important and meaningful as we rush from meeting to meeting or from deadline to deadline.
It's reason for concern, isn’t it?
When it’s super busy and you see people’s frustration and exhaustion grow,
how do you create an environment that is motivating?
Workplace stress is an occupational hazard at any position and in any organization. However, there are a number of ways to reduce workplace stress. Let’s look at a few reasons to reduce stress, and some ways that you can create a healthier, happier workplace.
Stress acts as a barrier to productivity, health and happiness. Prolonged stress takes a toll on our bodies, our minds, and our work – and as with many physical reactions, it all starts with the brain.
Could having a model to guide your communication - that minimizes threat reactions (like fear and resistance) and maximizes openness, approachability and engagement - be helpful to you and your team?
Over centuries, we (humans:) have had deep urges to discover the ‘truth’ about how life actually works: what motivates us, what inspires us, what scares us, and most importantly why we behave the way we do.
While we often resolve to do something more, better, different at the beginning of a year, we rarely take the time to consider the conflicts that these resolutions create, and how we’ll deal with them.
That’s also what makes us all the same! We all react to and are stressed by thoughts and situations every day. And when you slow down to think about it, the triggers are often very similar.