Want a 31% Productivity Boost in Your Workplace?
”A manager who put his team’s attention on all the things they were doing right, increased the whole team’s productivity by 31 percent in three weeks. Changing the way managers talk to employees in this optimistic fashion is a game-changer for boosting performance and your bottom line.’’ Inc.com
Seeing a ‘Caution Slow Driver’ sign in a car window made me think about how people generally think of and treat other people when going about normal daily life. The driver of this car obviously feels the need to advertise how they drive – because, I wonder, they regularly experience impatience or irritation from other drivers on the road? We do the same with green L plates in the UK to warn of an inexperienced driver so I guess it’s a good idea for road safety isn’t it? However, what is it saying about the normal reactions of others?
Do we need to wear labels or badges to let people know more about us and how we are feeling that day e.g. ‘worried about my child’s exams’, ‘had a bad night’s sleep’, ‘hungover’, ‘I’m nervous about speaking to you’ or how about ‘can’t pay my latest bills’ and ‘recently bereaved’. Would we treat people differently if we all wore badges such as these – with more sensitivity & understanding? Do we need these things spelt out to be empathetic and more aware of our impact on others?
We humans tend to make everything about us.
- an abrupt email from a colleague means they don’t like us,
- traffic delays on the way to work means the world’s against us and therefore we’ll have a bad day,
- busyness at work means that we are so much more stressed than others.
Well it does.
Being positive and empathetic about others not only improves their mood, it improves your mood and boosts productivity! Here are some tips on how to promote seeing the positive in others:
- See the mistakes and help others to learn from them without dampening their confidence.
- If performance is really a problem then tackle it productively. Make a plan with your team member and inject encouragement and measurement.
- Genuinely see the good in others in all situations – think kindness.
- Remember that mistakes are human – but set the bar high to avoid them. Be clearer.
- Keep your power – others can’t make you feel cross or fed up – only you can with the response you choose, so choose to be optimistic and hopeful instead.
- Don’t make everything about you, how you feel, the impact on you, and your reality of the situation, take a step back, pause and think: what’s really happening?
- Swap negative language for positive – problem to challenge, loss to learning, and inconsistency to flexibility.
- Smile, enjoy what you are doing, and do it in a way that reflects the very best of you. Your iAM values.