Check Negative Emotions at the Office Door

Smiling is contagious! And that’s just one example of how our environment and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound impact on our mood. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a healthy work environment. As a recent HBR article points out: “emotional contagion can take down your whole team.”

Author Tony Schwartz makes clear just how much emotions matter in the workplace. Remember the feeling of dreariness that envelops you when you’re at the DMV? Compare that to the level of energy and happiness that charge your experience at the Apple Store.

Emotional contagions can make or break your team. The author enumerates five takeaways on emotions in the workplace: Continue reading

The Workplace Drone and How to Silence It

Your work environment can have a profound impact on your workday and the quality of your work. The current trend is to steer away from isolation, making offices tear down the walls, both literal and figurative. The problem is, it’s hard to concentrate when you can constantly hear the conversations of your coworkers. A recent New York Times article sheds some light on this particular issue.

To some people, it is very difficult to work through the constant chatter that comes with an office space. So if there are no walls, we make our own. Headphones. Giant filing cabinets. Books. You name it, we do it.  “After surveying 65,000 people over the past decade in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, report that more than half of office workers are dissatisfied with the level of ‘speech privacy,’ making it the leading complaint in offices everywhere,” according to the Times. Continue reading

Is “Being a Mensch” Among Your Company’s Values?

At the risk of sounding like an Asana fan girl, having written about it just last week, I wanted to highlight something else they did right.

On their About page, you’ll find this list of Company Values:

Awesome, right? I’m sure they had fun hashing them out.

My favorites are 1-4, 9, and 13-15. Which of these resonate most strongly with you, and which do you actually see reflected in your own company’s culture?

Sara Grace is myGreenlight’s Program Director.

Relationship Roundup

With the annual holiday break upon us, I thought now would be a good time to remind everyone of the power of the accountability buddy. If you don’t have an accountability buddy or lifeline support group, working towards a coaching or team support model can be a game changer for you in 2012. Now, some generous bits of advice to leverage your networks and gift ideas that will move your relationships forward into the new year.

Traits of leadership – Former CEO Doug Conant argues in his new book “TouchPoints, for a “head, heart and hands” approach to leadership that draws on logic, emotion and personal commitment as the conductor for successful leadership. Read more here http://bit.ly/rJy9v3.

Small Groups deliver big innovation – Companies like Glaxo Smith Kline and others are betting on smaller team sizes to deliver faster velocity and greater agility for innovation decisions. Read the HBR blog here http://bit.ly/uNfI2w.

Dignified Cultures – This SmartBrief on Leadership article about leading with dignity highlights what it means to embody treating others well, what to do with people when their dignity has been violated and the steps to take when others violate the respect line in the workplace. Read the article here http://bit.ly/vmZyJB.

Social Media Your Way through the Holiday – Don’t overlook the opportunity to use holiday social gatherings to expand  your network and show others how much you value their presence in your business and personal life. Read it here http://bit.ly/tdK9jg.

Gifts that give all year – This holiday season, consider business gifts that will be memorable beyond the holidays. Magazine subscriptions in an area of  interest to the receiver, hobby of the month clubs, online services for music, travel and entertainment. Not only are they easy to send via email or in a card, but every month when the subscription arrives, a thought of the giver (you) will naturally come to mind. Here’s one reference point to get your creative thoughts flowing http://bit.ly/tZi3kU.

Tell us your favorite subscription services to gift.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Manager.