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  • Writer's pictureDr Chan Abraham

WHY WORKPLACES FAIL - EVERYONE

How can we transform the quality of our workplace and working life experiences?

Although some people genuinely enjoy their work life many more merely put up with it. They are waiting for the weekend; the next holiday; the new job opportunity; retirement.


It’s a Monday-to-Friday-kind-of-dying.


Why?


As a starting point let’s not fix the blame elsewhere (I’ll come to that), but start with ourselves. Ask the question, “What can I do to change my attitude?” If the place is irretrievably toxic for your well-being the question might be, “What do I need to do or change: here or for my next step?”


Beyond each worker’s personal accountability, the onus shifts: Leaders ultimately bear responsibility for what is happening within their organisation.

Yet, beyond each worker’s personal accountability, the onus shifts: Leaders ultimately bear responsibility for what is happening within their organisation.


Size of the operation doesn’t matter, although scale does call for knowledge, skill and sometimes external, independent assistance and insight.


Leaders who want to see their enterprise succeed must pay attention to the mood of their work colleagues at all levels. The twin requirements of self- and other-awareness are indispensable. Wanting and getting to know how people are thinking, feeling and speaking about the workplace is a good first step in a leader’s journey towards encouraging a working environment that enables others to thrive together.


There’s more needing to be done to achieve the success that we all aspire to, but this is foundational.


Combined with other actions, this initiative creates emotional resilience, engaged employees and confidence in securing good “bottom-line“ results. One of the most significant outcomes is satisfied service recipients whether they are customers, clients, patients, stakeholders, however they are described.


Leaders really do make the difference and Leadership International has been enabling leadership development and excellence since 1993 to prove this.

Leaders really do make the difference and Leadership International has been enabling leadership development and excellence since 1993 to prove this.





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