World Kindness Day

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10 steps to practicing kindness in the Office!

  •  Say “good morning”, “goodbye” and in general, be courteous
  • Invite a new or inexperienced colleague to a meeting that you know will help them grow
  • Share your lunch with a colleague who may not have brought something in or bring an extra for him/her
  • Offer to run an errand for a colleague, who can’t leave his/her desk
  • Praise a coworker for a job well done
  • Offer a colleague to relieve him/her of some of his/her work in order to meet deadlines
  • Try to intervene to prevent a coworker from making a mistake
  • Offer advice or mentorship to a new and inexperienced colleague
  • Try always to act with integrity and respect! The office is a place where a lot of gossip and rumors can go around and hurt feelings
  • Encourage your coworkers to do something kind for the less privileged, such as offer free meals or clothes to homeless or refugees.

No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.’ – Aesop

Why you should invest in long-term training

Using the example of  CCI (Coca Cola Icecek) the 5th largest bottler in the Coca Cola system, Training Journal looks into why the company invests in training and what it hopes to gain from it:

https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/feature/investing-long-term-training-can-boost-business-growth

A CCI spokesperson says: “However, long an employee stays with us, investment in people is vital for sustaining our performance, innovation and productivity growth and for maintaining our talent pipeline — but it can also help us to be an Employer of Choice.”

October 24th – World Development Information Day

ATOMIK_LOGOΗ πληροφορία είναι δύναμη!

Η Γενική Συνέλευση των Ηνωμένων Εθνών το 1972 καθιέρωσε την 24η Οκτωβρίου σαν την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Πληροφόρησης για την Ανάπτυξη. Η Συνέλευση θεώρησε ότι “η βελτίωση της διάδοσης των πληροφοριών και της κινητοποίησης της κοινής γνώμης, ιδίως μεταξύ των νέων, θα οδηγήσει σε μεγαλύτερη συνειδητοποίηση των προβλημάτων της ανάπτυξης, προωθώντας έτσι τις προσπάθειες στον τομέα της διεθνούς συνεργασίας για την ανάπτυξη”.

Πως μπορεί λοιπόν, η πληροφορία να γίνει κινητήρια δύναμη ενός Οργανισμού; Σύμφωνα με White Paper της Achieve Global*, ένας ηγέτης πρέπει να έχει πέντε κατηγορίες σημαντικών ικανοτήτων: Επικοινωνιακές, Στρατηγικές, Επίλυσης Προβλημάτων, Τεχνικές Δεξιότητες και Λήψης Αποφάσεων.

Εστιάζοντας στις Eπικοινωνιακές τεχνικές, το να παρέχει ο ηγέτης άπλετη πληροφόρηση στην ομάδα του έχει σαν αποτέλεσμα να εμπνέει αξιοπιστία και εμπιστοσύνη. Η ανοιχτή ενημέρωση σε διάφορα θέματα όπως π.χ. οι οικονομικές επιδόσεις βοηθά τις ομάδες να αποκτήσουν υψηλές επιδόσεις, κυρίως σε περιόδους έντονων προκλήσεων. Ταυτόχρονα, ο ηγέτης πρέπει να είναι ανοιχτός στην πληροφόρηση από την ομάδα του: να ακούει ενεργά και να λαμβάνει υπόψη του την γνώμη των γύρω του, ώστε να λαμβάνει αποφάσεις έχοντας το 100% της πληροφόρησης και όχι αποσπασματικά στοιχεία. Τέλος, η ικανότητα του ηγέτη να μοιράζεται με τα μέλη της ομάδας του το “γιατί” πίσω από μια απόφαση, δημιουργεί ένα περιβάλλον αλληλοεκτίμησης και εμπιστοσύνης και ενισχύει την αφοσίωσή τους. 

Η ικανότητα του ηγέτη να επικοινωνεί αποτελεσματικά και με σαφήνεια με τα μέλη της ομάδας του αποτελεί εφαλτήριο για την κινητοποίηση του ανθρώπινου δυναμικού του εκάστοτε Οργανισμού και για την αύξηση της αφοσίωσής τους. Τα ανοιχτά κανάλια επικοινωνίας βοηθάνε τους εργαζόμενους να συνδέουν την στρατηγική με το αποτέλεσμα, δεσμεύοντάς τους σε ένα κοινό σκοπό και ανεβάζοντας έτσι την παραγωγικότητα.

Οι ικανοποιημένοι εργαζόμενοι, είναι αφοσιωμένοι εργαζόμενοι που αναπτύσσουν τις εταιρίες και τις βοηθάνε να ξεπεράσουν τις δυσκολίες και να ανταπεξέρχονται στη μεταβαλλόμενη αγορά. Άλλωστε, όπως λέει και ο Σάιμον Σίνεκ “οι πελάτες δεν θα αγαπήσουν ποτέ την εταιρεία σας μέχρι οι εργαζόμενοι να την αγαπήσουν πρώτα”.

 

*Achieve Global, From Strategy to Results through People, Keith Malo, Research Manager & Chris Blauth, Senior Product Manager

 

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7 Ways to Make Peace at the Office

September 21st
International Day of Peace
By Deepak Chopra, M.D.

 

The workplace is a special place in certain ways, because the people we interact with are not of our choosing most of the time, and relating to them isn’t the same as relating to family and friends.

On the other hand, it’s not so unique that being good at healthy relationships doesn’t help. Keeping peace in the office is achievable by raising your awareness to the level where peace is something you value and want to nurture. Here are seven tips for becoming a unit of peace wherever you work.

1. Don’t Be a Stressor for Other People

Peace begins by dedicating yourself to being part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Most of the stress in any workplace is caused by people rather than the external situation. Don’t add to the stress by doing things that provoke stress. These include joining cliques, gossiping, taking sides in office politics, and stirring the pot when there is tension in the air. Avoid all of them.

2. Examine Your Behavior in Light of How it Affects Others

Behavior that creates discord and distress in any personal situation can cause the same effects in the office. Look at yourself and be honest about any tendency you have to be demanding or a perfectionist, to criticize others in public, or to push to get your own way. Even if you are in a position of authority, these are negative behaviors that diminish productivity and injure your relationships with the people around you.

3. Keep Lines of Communication Open

It never works to isolate yourself. When there is lack of communication, people feel neglected and ignored. As we all know, being given the silent treatment isn’t neutral. It always feels as if we’re being judged. Don’t use gossip or complaints as a form of communication—they are just a form of venting, not true communication. The emphasis should be on appreciating others, offering mutual support, and being a good listener.

4. Establish Trust and Loyalty

The higher your position in the workplace, the more you need to be trusted. Feeling loyalty from above is one of the primary needs that workers report, along with feeling that their jobs are secure. Trust can be established by following through with your decisions, keeping your word, not playing favorites, and taking responsibility for your own missteps rather than blaming others.

5. Be Aware of Other People’s Needs

No two people are exactly alike, and yet we share common needs. Besides safety and security, which are basic in any situation, the workplace brings up the need to accomplish and be rewarded fairly, the need to be heard, and the need to be valued. Unless these are met, anyone could feel under-valued.

But there is also a higher need to feel creative and to be called upon for what you’re good at. Notice which of these needs are not being fulfilled—either for yourself or others—and do what you can to improve the situation.

6. Turn Empathy into Bonding

It’s natural to sympathize with others, but people often shy away from turning their sense of empathy into action. When we activate empathy, we create an emotional bond with someone else. This doesn’t just have to be in times of trouble—you can empathize with people when they are experiencing joy as well. Nor do you have to fear that you will be entangled in someone else’s personal issues—simply be clear and set boundaries to protect yourself.

Forming bonds in the workplace is a delicate matter, and sexual overtones are unwelcome, so being reluctant to treat others with personal attention is understandable. Begin by bonding with someone on a safe plane, such as appreciating their work and encouraging them to tell you their hidden aspirations and creative ideas. Once you form trust at this level, let the bond between you grow stronger naturally.

7. “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World”

This is a famous saying of Gandhi’s that applies in every part of life. Trying to change others doesn’t work. If you encounter resistance when seeking change, you’ve met the resistance that inertia always causes. But if you exemplify the change you want to see, the people who also want to change will be attracted to you, and if there are enough of you, a movement will be created. One caution: If your desire for change is motivated by anger, step back and take a second look at your desire. Few people can stir up anger and come away unscathed. If your workplace is totally uncomfortable and unfair from your perspective, a change of work is probably your best recourse.

A laundry list of tips won’t bring peace to your workplace until you start acting on them. Adopt one tip that appeals to you and try it out, cautiously at first. The whole point is that you can feel in control far more by acting on your highest intentions than by sitting around passively putting up with a deteriorating situation. Being a unit of peace brings inner satisfaction of a special kind; you deserve to experience it for yourself.