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Motivation in the Workplace

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Motivation can be a tricky thing. When you have it you feel inspired, passionate and ready to take on the world. When you don’t…that’sMotivation in the Workplace a different story. For whatever reason, lack of motivation can break an organization or at the very least cause it to become stagnant.

It’s easy to stay motivated and keep ambitions high when things are going well, but what about when they’re not? Setbacks affect people differently. While one setback may cause some to tackle the problem harder, they can cause others to lose motivation. Job dissatisfaction and high stress can follow, a surefire recipe for disaster.

And When You Fall is an excellent video for addressing motivation issues and chronicles Olympic skater Dan Jansen in his failures and stumbles on his way to winning an Olympic gold medal. We Are the Ones is an inspirational program that contains a powerful message that the time to act is now. It will motivate viewers to work together and face the future when morale is low. (more…)

Becoming More Resilient – in 3 Easy Steps

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Becoming More Resilient in the WorkplaceResilience is the ability to be flexible in the face of adversity and apparent setback. Or, to put it in the words of one of our emotional intelligence experts, resilience is “the ability to bounce or spring back into shape after being stretched, bent, or compressed.”

In nature, we see resilience in trees that bend with the wind instead of breaking. In business, we see resilience in the organizations and individuals who adapt as situations evolve.

While some people seem to be born with naturally high levels of resilience, others of us struggle. The good news is that everyone has the capacity to become more resilient. (more…)

Get the Best Out of Stress

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

A positive side to stress? Sounds strange, doesn’t it? But think about it. Isn’t some level of stress an important factor in meeting any goal? Don’t most people need that edge of energy that comes with working hard to meet challenges and overcome obstacles?

Stress can, under the right circumstances, be a gift. It can motivate us, and focus our efforts. The people who are most successful in life tend to be those that bounce back quickly from stress and adversity; they learn from their mistakes and move on, rather than feel victimized. However, when we experience too much of it, stress can also be detrimental to our health and to our overall success at work and at home.

The key is to find the right level of stress, and that’s where good leadership comes in. If they want to build their staff’s capability, good leaders don’t try to completely eliminate stress from a project, an assignment or the environment. Effective leaders understand that setting and achieving goals involves stress in some form, and that the stress involved in setting and reaching for goals often draws out the best of people’s talents.

Here are some guidelines that can help managers and coaches “get the best out of stress” for their teams. Remember, though, it’s about finding the right balance between energizing stress and stress that becomes counterproductive and potentially harmful.  

1) Make sure you are able to recognize signs of stress and identify their causes.

• How do you typically learn what events, situations and conditions are creating stress for your employees?
• What factors in your department or work group tend to produce the most stress for people? Are these acknowledged and discussed openly?

2) Recognize that each person has a different capacity for dealing with stress — some are better at it than others.

• When coaching employees, are there specific behaviors or areas of skill development you can recommend for those that need to reduce their level of stress, such as improved time management, better planning, being more assertive, etc?

3) Help employees recognize that there are productive forms of stress.

• Do you ever hear stress discussed in positive terms? How can you help employees see that, in many cases, stressful situations and challenges aren’t altogether negative because they serve to make us stronger?
• What methods have you developed for managing your own stress? What past experiences have made you better able to survive new challenges? Have you shared these with your staff?

4) Attempt to raise the stress level up a notch, but only when and where it will be constructive.

• Can you think of situations in your work environment where a bit more pressure might be useful? What are they? What makes you think that raising the stress level just a notch might be useful?
• How can you assess whether or not your employees have sufficient resiliency to thrive on additional stress before adding more pressure to the situation?

When acknowledged and handled well — especially with the proper guidance and coaching — employees will see that stress can build resilience as well as confidence and the ability to deal with challenging circumstances.

Excerpted in part from the Leader’s Guide for the CRM Learning program, Stress is a Gift.

Need help in this area? Stress is a Gift uses a poignant example from nature to illustrate how stressors are essential to any living thing’s ability to survive and grow.


 

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