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Conflict Resolution - Leadership - Mindset

Green Eggs and Ham and Vacations

Yesterday I conducted a class. There was a lively discussion about boundaries and respecting the “off” time of colleagues and employees. I said that receiving an email during the weekend was like getting a mental ping when you are trying to watch a movie, mow the grass, or play catch with the dog.

One senior leader disagreed and said that he didn’t expect to get answers to his emails immediately, he just wanted to get items off his to-do list. Another employee responded, “Yes, off of your list, and onto mine, while I am trying to go to the grocery store in relative peace.” Another countered, “If I don’t answer it, and everyone else does, then my perspective on important issues gets passed over.”

There was mutiny in the room. The senior leader said, “I should be able to work whenever I want. Why are you trying to limit my work hours?” While there was disagreement in the room on that topic, there is no disagreement about the negative health effects of always being “on.”

I have written a Dr. Seuss-style poem to help you remember boundaries for yourself and your employees.

I do not want to hear from you on my commute. 

I do not want your voice as background when I play my flute.

I like my work, and to be a star.

But I turn work off when I get in my car.

And my weekends are sacrosanct.

When you text me then, you cause me angst.

I plead with you, no texts, no emails, and no calls on vacation.

No thoughts of you or work when I am chasing relaxation.

And you say you want to get ahead for the week.

Might be good for you, but that’s not the life I seek.

This total connection and being “on,”

Makes me feel like a cog in a wheel, sometimes a pawn.

Make your list and check it twice.

Then bury it till Monday,

And we’ll enjoy the other parts of life.

How do you set boundaries between work and your “off” time?

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Leadership - Mindset

What’s Going Right May Disappear

In organizations, we tend to focus on what is going wrong instead of what is going right. When we fail to pay attention to what’s going well, it can evaporate quickly.

— Karen Snyder

For more of Karen’s workplace wisdom, check out her book Eating Worms: Practicing Leadership Every Day.

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Employee Engagement - Leadership - Mindset

Do You Know What Eudaimonia Means?

Returning to the office is good for you!

In the fall of 2021, I was invited to attend and present at a meeting with a client. I had been working with the employees of this organization for 8 years. We had been through the pandemic together for the preceding 18 months, and at that point we were back together in person for the first time. I was so excited that as I was speaking to them, I got emotional, and even a bit teary. I was definitely joyful, and as I learned later after reading the article discussed below, I was actually experiencing eudaimonia.

While commonly translated as “happiness,” the concept of eudaimonia originated during the Classical period in Ancient Greece to describe the condition of human flourishing or of living well. For Aristotle, eudaimonia was the highest human good, and the only human good desirable for its own sake.

In this LinkedIn article, Paulo Lopez explores four advantages to returning to the workplace: Function, Eudaimonia, Efficiency/Effectiveness, and Learning.

Regarding eudaimonia, Lopez shares that being together releases oxytocin, which helps us feel happier and decreases the release of hormones that are associated with stress levels, weight gain, and heart diseases. Face-to-face interactions are beneficial for physical and emotional wellbeing and help to reduce tech fatigue. Since human interactions have been drastically limited the past two years, going back to the office will support an improvement in wellbeing for all employees.

Describe a time when you felt like you were flourishing at work. Have you experienced eudaimonia in your workplace, or while collaborating with colleagues  ?  

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