Who is the cut-throat YOU or THEM?
That is the daily quest! . . . .Are you personally experiencing the vicious cycles of unprofessional, bad- spirited, low- down and dirty, uncaring, unkind, callous, hard-nosed, unpleasant for no apparent reasons, managers, team leaders and/or co-workers in the workplace space. If it's family then that is another blog post for the future. Well, sad to say, but welcome to the normal culture of many companies daily mode of ineffective operation. Unpleasant attitudes and unnecessary sabotage is happening all around us.
Yes, too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success.
But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that a positive environment will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line. Although there’s an assumption that stress and pressure push employees to perform more, better, and faster, what cut-throat organizations fail to recognize is the hidden costs incurred.
First, health care expenditures at high-pressure companies are nearly 50% greater than at other organizations. The American Psychological Association estimates that more than $500 billion is siphoned off from the U.S. economy because of workplace stress, and 550 million workdays are lost each year due to stress on the job. Sixty percent to 80% of workplace accidents are attributed to stress, and it’s estimated that more than 80% of doctor visits are due to stress. Workplace stress has been linked to health problems ranging from metabolic syndrome to cardiovascular disease and mortality.
The stress of belonging to hierarchies itself is linked to disease and death. One study showed that, the lower someone’s rank in a hierarchy, the higher their chances of cardiovascular disease and death from heart attacks. In a large-scale study of over 3,000 employees conducted by Anna Nyberg at the Karolinska Institute, results showed a strong link between leadership behavior and heart disease in employees. Stress-producing bosses are literally bad for the heart. Health and well-being is jeopardize and chronic trauma shorten the quality of life and overall wellness.
"Cutting off the nose to spite the face" is an expression to describe a needlessly self-destructive over-reaction to a problem: "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face" is a warning against acting out of pique, or against pursuing revenge in a way that would damage oneself more than the object of one's anger. As unfair as this may seem, when you experience life's challenges, you learn it truth. Don't drink the poison, too! Redirect your focus on positivity, inner calmness, good emotional balance, happiness and over well-being!
A Surprisingly Helpful Manager or Mentor
Have you ever had a manager or mentor who took a lot of trouble to help you when he or she did not have to? Chances are you have became loyal and it remained to that person to this day. Jonathan Haidt at New York University’s Stern School of Business shows in his research, that when leaders are not just fair but self-sacrificing, their employees are actually moved and inspired to become more loyal and committed themselves. As a consequence, they are more likely to go out of their way to be helpful and friendly to other employees, thus creating a self-reinforcing cycle. How important is it too have a pleasantly productive work environment? Daan Van Knippenberg of Rotterdam School of Management shows that employees of self-sacrificing leaders are more cooperative because they trust their leaders more. They are also more productive and see their leaders as more effective and charismatic. What is your view on self-sacrificing leaders, is this important or not? Let's us hear your viewpoints, leave comments below.
As a manager, leader, team lead, mentor now is your opportunity to correct the wrongs and stop the losses. Begin 2018 building new relationships with your employees, colleagues and other managerial staff? What will it take and what changes are you willing to make to re-engage your staff and build more positive relationships that yield mutual benefits. We will discuss this in the next blog post. Stay tuned and start brain storming today, new ways to improve your workplace? We are in a state of emergency and it's time for more leaders to take responsibility to avoid the unnecessary traumatic experiences that happen each day. Be the great leader, you want others to be, too! REMEMBER: Don't cut
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Thanks to HarvadBusinessReview.com, for a much needed article. Other opinions and questions are directly from Eliza Dukes. Here's guidepost link: https://hbr.org/2015/12/proof-that-positive-work-cultures-are-more-productive