Self-Awareness Workshops

5 Ways to Build a Happier Workplace

Leaders often build workplaces that are highly efficient and productive but where employees are an afterthought. It’s almost as if they’re following some leadership manual that says you should squeeze all you can out of people without worrying about trivial things like whether they like their work or have opportunities for growth.

You’ll see leaders like this shake their heads in disbelief when they experience the ongoing issues related to unhappy workplaces such as: lack of motivation, high turnover, lackluster performance, stagnant productivity, low morale and assorted other goodies. What they may not yet envision is that their workplaces don’t have to be this way and there are some practical things they can do to combine high productivity with a more enjoyable work environment. Here are five ways to get started:

  1. Praise employees. Praising makes people feel valued and increases the likelihood that they’ll want to do other tasks.
  2. Give people meaningful work. Find out what people enjoy doing and let them do it. Encourage employees to use their brains and come up with ideas on their own.
  3. Give people opportunities for advancement. Keeping someone stuck in one position in perpetuity neglects their other talents. Find ways to offer educational opportunities as well as using their talents to train others or take on more responsibility.
  4. Listen to your employees. You’ll gain important insights on what needs attention in your workplace and how to fix it when you listen to people instead of telling them what to do. You’ll also have access to new ideas.
  5. Give people benefits. From flex time to vacation and health coverage; employees work better when they feel like the company cares about their long-term well-being rather than what they can get out of them with the least investment.

These five concepts can help you create a workplace where people not only do a lot of work but also feel good about it. There’s no reason we have to create workplaces where people are treated like disposable objects but it’s up to leadership to set the example and consciously design a more honoring work environment. The payoff is that motivated, happy people do more and better work. What will you do to build a happier workplace?

Take care,

Guy

Achieve Your Dreams

The mistake we often make is that we live our whole lives putting our dreams on the back burner. There are several reasons this happens including fear, paying the bills, lack of planning and not believing that our dreams will come true.

People often think that thinking of their dreams is too unrealistic. The truth is that our lives tend to follow the patterns that we establish. If we think something cannot be achieved that will tend to happen.

As yourself this: What can I do today to start living my dreams? If you start believing and acting on the assumption that you can actually achieve your dreams you will begin to structure you life to make it happen.

The main message is don’t give up, there is always time to start working on your dreams. Don’t you deserve to live your dreams?

Take care,

Guy

Dealing with a Broken Heart

Many of us have had our hearts broken. Sometimes it’s by a parent, a friend, a relative, a coworker or a significant other. We can gain a lot of strength from how we deal with these hurts. It’s perfectly natural to be hurt and how we deal it will lead us down the path toward having a healthy or failing heart. Think about it, the way you treat your heart can affect many areas in your life. Imagine if you could never recover from and insult or a break-up.

Our heart follows our actions. We can choose to stay stuck in pain and misery or we can choose to be kind to our heart and do things to move in a more positive direction. We have the ability to change our behavior consciously, a skill that comes in handy when tending to our hearts. Next time your heart hurts ask yourself some questions that will help you move in a positive direction. What is hurting me? What can I do to improve how I feel and take care of myself? What can I do to interrupt the pattern that keeps me stuck with a hurting heart? When you discover why you are hurting you then are able to do something differently. Our hearts often hurt because we have not yet learned how to mend them and nurse them back to health. Some people carry this hurt their entire lives. Much as an unhealthy heart can keep us from running a marathon, it can also keep us from enjoying a great relationship. When we learn how to care for our heart we can then enjoy it in all its healthy glory.

Take care,

Guy

How You Treat People

A big part of self-awareness is to be so happy with yourself that it influences your interactions with others positively. It means that you’re healthy, balanced and able to treat others well. When people are unhappy they tend to put their problems on others and interact in less than optimal ways. The better you feel about yourself, the better you’ll treat others and the more positive results you’ll experience.

Take care,

Guy