workplace friends

Can We Be Friends?

Some of you may go to your jobs and mind your own business, plugging away until the clock strikes six and it’s time to go home. If you’re that person, there’s no shame in that, after all you’ve got lots of work to do! So many deadlines and phone calls to field.

Those emails are piling up and who wouldn’t want some time to concentrate and just get it done?

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But you know what, all work and no play is no fun at all and in fact having a little bit of fun and building friendships at work is found to benefit you in more ways than one.

So let’s hear it for having a few laughs and for your work BFF, because without them you’d be less happy, less motivated and less productive!

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In fact, having a work BFF is linked to higher engagement and positivity levels at work.

So seriously, take some time out of your work day to chat to your colleagues or desk buddy – who knows maybe one of them will end up being not only a work BFF, but a BFFL.

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Read on!


How to motivate your employees

So you want to motivate your employees to be engaged and highly innovative? Here are some tips on how you can create a workplace environment that encourages engagement and fun, while maintaining a clear eye on the goal at hand.

1. Don’t micromanage

People don’t like to be constantly told what to do. If you’re breathing down their necks about every little task and every little project, down to the way they take their coffee. You’re sure to diminish feelings of efficacy and engagement in the workplace.

2. Give them internal reasons to want to succeed

Make the work personal and something they can attach a sense of ownership and accomplishment to. Nothing is worse than feeling alienated from the work you’re doing, so make sure that you try to make the task at hand something that they can feel proud of. Of course, not every task can feel like their own, but if your employees can see how the little task contribute to the bigger picture, they’ll feel less alienated from their job and readier to innovate when the time is right.

3. Recognize their work

Oftentimes, all we want to hear are words of recognition after a job well done. We all like positive affirmation, it gives us a sense of pride and lets us know that we’re doing a good job.

4. Reward them with benefits and incentives

Everyone has needs and wants. Sometimes by giving your employees a slight raise, it shows that you care for their well-being and understand the amount of effort they put in daily for your team. Giving them a raise bolsters feelings of equity and job satisfaction.

Last but not least…

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5. Allow them to recharge!

We all have our personal struggles. Sometimes we fall sick or just aren’t feeling 100%. As employers, it’s your job to create an environment where your employees feel that they are welcome to take a day off or two to get back to their 100% so that they can be ready to tackle the work ahead of them.

 

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Hustle harder? Burnout faster?

Everywhere you look, #hustleculture seems to have won the battle. Like some great marketing ploy, it seems to have convinced young and old workers alike to work harder, work longer – just work, work, work.

But where does working harder and longer actually lead us to?

Burnout. That’s where.

Burnout can be blamed for the lack of motivation in employees, the feelings of stress and exhaustion, and overall reduced quality of life. According to Dr. Susan Biali Haas, burnout is a reaction to prolonged job stress, and typically encompasses three main components.

1. Exhaustion

You feel constantly tired and will most likely not be motivated to face your workday. As the day wears on, you lose the little motivation you can muster up and no matter how much time off you get, you come back worn out and overwhelmed.

2. Cynicism or chronic negativity

What may have been once fun and exciting, is now just frustrating or annoying. Your colleagues are taking a toll on you and you just can’t seem to be positive at work or at home.

3. Reduced feelings of self-efficacy

You no longer have confidence in what you do. You may have major doubts about yourself and can’t get those doubts to go away. They may even affect your personal relationships and lifestyle.

woman meditating to reduce stress

Keep in mind, that your body will speak to you before you even realize you’re burning out. You may be getting sick often or may have a hard time getting out of bed and motivating yourself to start the day.

You may not notice these symptoms right away, and that’s why it’s best to keep these signs in mind and check-in with yourself once in a while.

We at absence.io are firm believers in taking some time to recuperate and to find the time to be yourself again.

It’s no shame to want to feel whole. So remember to breathe, relax and to most importantly treat yourself with kindness.

If you’re an employer, you may want to encourage your employees to take personal health days when they need it and not to be sceptical of the real mental impact burnout can have on a person. Encourage your employees to turn off and really disengage from work emails when they’re off work.

 

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