There is a common thought floating around that the workplace is no place for feelings. It’s a place of business. It’s serious. Hard work happens here.
There is a common thought floating around that the workplace is no place for feelings. It’s a place of business. It’s serious. Hard work happens here. Does this sound familiar to you?
I’m here to prove that feelings DO belong in the workplace. And now more than ever!
“But showing feelings is weak!” “People will know you’re human!” “How can you lead if you’re not a robot?!?!” (Kidding on that last one, but in all seriousness, these phrases are a common misconception employed by so many leaders and managers).
Here are a few drawbacks that employing that misconception will get you:
When you understand the “why” behind the behaviour, the behaviour is so much easier to address (and course-correct, if need be). And, because you’re invested in your team, you’ll find that your team cares about you, too.
Do you have an employee on your team that you think is lazy and tries to get others to do their work? What if you knew that behind that laziness, the employee wasn’t confident in how to perform their job and is too afraid to share that with you or ask for help and instead tries to see if others can do it for him?
Or, what about an employee who seems like they just don’t care about their work? Would your opinion of them be different if you knew they had a terminally ill spouse? Or just had their nanny quit and as a single parent, they’re stressed about managing childcare and fulfilling their work responsibilities?
When you encourage feelings in the workplace, suddenly your employees feel seen, heard, and understood. They feel valued, respected, and cared about. It enables them to show up as their best self even when they are undergoing personal or professional challenges.
Sharing feelings doesn’t mean work gets delayed or professionalism goes out the window. It means understanding that we all have fears, hardships, wins, and losses. It’s all part of the human experience. Imagine if we shared in that experience and celebrated as a team?
Showing empathy to others and encouraging feelings helps you create a winning workplace with motivated and engaged employees who show up wanting to do their best.
Do you need help showing empathy in the workplace or motivating your team members? Book a discovery call with me today.