With summer coming to an end and all the back-to-school hype at the forefront of everyone’s mind, I thought now would be a good time to bring it back to the basics. Our kids are taught from a young age how to treat their classmates and others. They are also taught how to be a positive contributing member of the classroom community. The workplace really shouldn’t be any different, however as adults we often forget the very basics. We aren’t given daily reminders. These aren’t just for managers, but for everyone.
You can start your day differently by just making some extra time available in the morning. For me, being rushed or late is stressful. By setting the alarm 15 minutes earlier you can increase the odds of avoiding the crazy hustle and bustle of getting the day started or the anxious feeling when you’re stuck in traffic. Or use the extra time to grab a better breakfast, or make a stop for your favorite caffeinated beverage, or even just to do a little meditation. I promise it’s worth it and it will set the tone for a better day.
With a little less stress, we can benefit from reflecting on how to treat our fellow human beings both in and out of the office. Are you approachable? Do others come to you when they have a problem or a question? Everyone has a story. When someone has a bad day listen with sincerity and respond with empathy. Be open-minded. You never know what small gesture may be enormously meaningful or just how being present and in the moment with someone can make a difference in their world. Kindness takes many forms and is a contagious gift.
Communication is also important. We recently spoke about how anonymous feedback might not be the most effective option. Use your voice to offer productive feedback. If you remain honest and respectful in your questions, inquiries, and ideas, you are much more likely to be met with the same attitude in the answers, responses and feedback.
Participation in recognition and incentive programs will also help you to be a positive contributing member of your office community. Get involved, build relationships, and perform at a higher level of achievement. If this sounds like something that you or your company could benefit from, contact us today.