Let’s face it, distractions are everywhere. In today’s always-connected world, diversions are nothing more than a click away. Staying on task can be difficult, but it can be particularly challenging when you are surrounded by constant distraction. Studies have shown that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task at hand when you… Read More »The psychological costs of distractions
Did you know the human brain (and body) are hard-wired to expect danger? “Your nervous system is constantly on the look-out, primed to jump into action when danger is detected or to freeze if that seems like a better option.” Source: Psychology Today In today’s circumstances, think about what that means for your typical team member’s stress levels. Pandemic, war, racial… Read More »Can ‘micro-moments of positivity’ build team resilience?
As organizations, we MUST stop to deeply consider why so many people are deciding that they would rather run the risk of unemployment than continue to spend time in a workplace where the culture is not aligned with their core values.
April is ‘Stress Awareness Month’; which it has been since 1992. Fast forward 30 years into a global coronavirus pandemic. The world has evolved in ways that will pay off for decades to come, but with it comes… you guessed it, an increase in stress.
Is there a member of your team who often scribbles while listening to long video calls, training sessions or even your short catch up meetings? They might be onto something! Doodling has often been framed, even villainized, as the device of the distracted. It CATEGORICALLY is not. Contrary to old-school wisdom, when you’re doodling you’re actively listening. In fact, science… Read More »Can you doodle and listen at the same time?
According to Psychology Today, “Work and play can be more similar than we think. We can—and many do—work playfully. And so we can—and do—often play in ways as structured and as serious as we work.
“I’m fine.” is an insidious sentence. Often, digging into feelings of malaise and languish can feel personal and difficult. So perhaps many of us just say, “I’m fine.” and move on with the everyday. Even after two years plus of living through the pandemic perhaps your team members don’t actively display the signs of stress. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant wrote… Read More »How to help your people rebound from languishing
Ernest Hemingway said, “We’re stronger in the places that we’ve been broken.” That’s never felt more relevant to us. The world feels heavy. There’s instability in markets. Change continues to be a constant and organizations are racing to keep up. As leaders, how are you supporting your teams during constant change? Play it out for a minute! Are your team… Read More »How to disconnect during times of change
The overwhelming news-cycles continue for many of us, globally.
As leaders, it is up to us to support our team and find ways to contribute to their emotional wellbeing; as well as our own. A recent WTW survey of 322 U.S. employers found that 86% say that burnout, stress, and mental health are a top priority.
Feeling emotional? It’s entirely ok to feel that way. Between what’s happening with the pandemic, war in Eastern Europe, and so much unrest right here at home in Canada, I feel overwhelmed too. What helps me is creating a safe space to process those feelings.