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WARRIOR PROFESSIONAL: Revamp Thinking in The Workplace

Last week, I talked about getting stuck in a workplace rut. To continue that conversation, I’ve shared a few successful tactics for change that I’ve observed over the years. I like to call them the 5 C’s!


If you are looking to revamp thinking in the workplace and get yourself and your team back on track, see the effective techniques and recommendations below. A positive work environment is a major factor in being your personal best and encouraging others to be the best they can be as well. Take the initiative to create change. Trust me, you’ll love the results. Your team will be better than ever. 

 

Cultivate Collaboration

Do you know what people are talking about when they refer to synergy? Synergy is when two or more people come together to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate efforts. Basically, in simpler terms, two heads together are always better than two heads working separately. You want to achieve synergy at work and one of the best ways to do so is by encouraging people to work together instead of against one another. A group working toward a common goal is a much more powerful dynamic than a bunch of individuals competing against one another. Maybe you’re thinking, but how can I create an atmosphere that cultivates collaboration? Set an example of collaboration by inviting people to be friendly with each other – smile, discuss the score of the game last night or ask for personal thoughts on an assignment. Get to know one another and create an organization with friendships and trust. When social barriers break down and individuals view themselves as a part of something greater – that’s gold. If you are in a position of authority, consider implementing a reward system that encourages teamwork. Remember, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” 


Communication Counts
Do you encourage openly sharing ideas across all areas of your organization? If not, you should. Don’t be afraid to invite people to share their ideas. By initiating open channels of communication and a safe environment, you create an office that allows for freedom of expression and the generation of tons of new ideas. This is important because sometimes the best marketing ideas come from a department completely unrelated like accounting or human resources. Remember, not every idea will be good all the time. That’s not what matters. You only want to make sure the work environment is a space that everyone can fearlessly share ideas. Perhaps consider implementing a community area for anyone and everyone to scribble down inspiration and ideas? Or, move desks into an open space to foster more communication. Find what works for your organization. Better brainstorming means better results. 




Creativity in Change
Sometimes, our day to day routines cause complacency and squash new ideas. Our brains become so used to working in one way that the light bulb for new ideas eludes us. My suggestion? Introduce change. Change is good. Try working on something new. If your workplace permits, move around and find a space to make all your own. Inspiration will often strike by simply adjusting your environment. Whether this means moving into the conference room, sitting in the cafeteria, or taking a walk around the block to work, just get moving. A change of scenery can do wonders. And, an area that you feel comfortable working in is more likely to spur ideas and positive progress. Every person has their own unique work style. Prefer to be hunkered down at a desk in deep concentration? Like the background buzz and aromas of a coffee shop? Get your best ideas while pounding pavement on an outdoor run? You have to find what works best for you and communicate that to your team and boss. If your workplace isn’t so flexible, maybe even hosting a Monday meeting in a new location (or outdoors!) can help reboot your thinking. Evaluation should be based on work output and not time logged at a desk. 


Continue Learning 
Learning is a lifelong process. Invest in continuous learning opportunities – the more topics exposed to and the greater the knowledge bank, the more well-rounded and valuable you are. By continually investing in your education, you not only give yourself something to be proud of but more importantly, you exercise your brain in different ways. The way your brain mechanism works when doing accounting is much different than your thinking process in a painting class. The more perspectives you have, the better.  


Caring Counts

It is important to remember that people work best when they feel valued and respected. Your employees are not a number. They are human beings with feelings and talents and an entire existence outside of the office. By getting to know your employees and learning about the things that interest them and caring about what they care about, you become someone they respect and value and who, in return, they will work hard for. Treat people how you would want to be treated. Encourage them to have a life outside of the office and respect that work life balance. By providing more autonomy and flexibility in both their work and lives, they will work harder. Thoughtfulness goes a long way in the workplace. Relationships matter.

Do you have any additional ideas for revamping thinking in the workplace? Any ideas for building better teams? I would love to hear from you!

Hugs and love,
Gail  

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