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In a few strokes we can communicate with people just about anywhere; however, there's a downside: our skills at making connections with others are fading. As a result, co-workers tend to act without considering the effects of their actions on each other. This can have deleterious effects on employee morale which endangers careers and the organization's success.
The stresses of COVID-19 and lack of connection between co-workers create a perfect storm for dreams and potential to go unrealized.
What if there were easy changes co-workers could make to create a more cooperative, friendlier environment?
The secret lies in practical behaviors that make others feel valued, understood, and heard these build camaraderie, trust, and respect. The skills are sensible, intuitive and, with a little practice, can become habitual.
Participants will discover everyday behaviors that make others feel included, that they matter. These are critical to creating a team that exhibits respect, trust, and a sense of common purpose; co-workers who know they can rely on each other to celebrate their successes and help them plow through the tough times, personally and professionally. This is particularly important in this COVID era in which staff members face unprecedented personal and professional stresses. Knowing they have allies at work lightens the load, allowing them to focus on their job. Quick, easy acts of consideration lead to a more supportive, collaborative workplace in which everyone feels valued, understood, and heard.
Instead of operating like individual workhorses, co-workers can move forward as collaborative, motivated team players.
Thoughtless behaviors such routinely showing up late to meetings, leaving common spaces littered, and gossiping create sloppiness, feelings of underappreciation, and resentments. These chisel away at the ‘We’re in this together” spirit, a hallmark of a collaborative, productive workforce.
Although no malice may be intended, rudeness weakens trust. As examples, co-workers aren’t certain they can rely on each other for help through rough patches;; they wonder if everyone’s pulling their weight. Rudeness breeds discontent. This stunts team performance and seeps into client interactions.
This can sully the organization’s reputation and endanger its revenue potential.
A Gallop poll showed that employees who do not have friends at work are more likely to feel unsatisfied and shy away from engaging. Absenteeism and turnover rates rise; productivity sinks.
When co-workers do not show they care about each other, both they and the organization that employs them are less likely to reach their full potential. Everyone loses out.