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Love At Work: Here's How To Truly Show Love To Your Colleagues This Valentine's Day

Ludema, J., & Johnson, A. (2018, February 14).  Love At Work:  Here’s How to Truly Show Love to Your Colleagues This Valentine’s Day. Forbes.  Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/amberjohnson-jimludema/2018/02/14/love-at-work-heres-how-to-truly-show-love-to-your-colleagues-this-valentines-day/#ac611913b0fa

Although this article was published on Valentine’s Day, the authors make it clear that love cannot be reserved for one day a year.  Love at work shows up in three ways.  First as intimacy, caring about your coworkers as people.  Passion is the positive energy that we bring to our work and share with others.  Commitment is a dedication to the well-being of others and to shared work.

The Surprising Power of Simply Asking Coworkers How They’re Doing

Karyn Twaronite, K. (2019, February 28).  The Surprising Power of Simply Asking Coworkers How They’re Doing.  Harvard Business Review.  Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2019/02/the-surprising-power-of-simply-asking-coworkers-how-theyre-doing

This article talks about human beings fundamental need to belong.  Fostering a sense of belonging in the workplace requires a way for employees to connect with one another.  This can be best accomplished by encouraging employees to check in with one another.  Check ins are a way to build relationships and offer support during difficult times.

Keep Your Company’s Toxic Culture from Infecting Your Team

McKee, A. (2019, April 29) Keep Your Company’s Toxic Culture from Infecting Your Team.   Harvard Business Review.  Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2019/04/keep-your-companys-toxic-culture-from-infecting-your-team?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=dailyalert_not_activesubs&referral=00563&deliveryName=DM35531

Culture is a powerful driver of human behavior, especially at work.  Unhealthy workplace cultures are marked by competitiveness, the need to “cover” which is hiding parts of your identity to fit in, and pressure to overwork.  Managers have the power to positively affect workplace culture and protect their teams by taking care of themselves, building good relationships (repairing those that are damaged if necessary), and being intentional about culture work.

How Gratitude Can Transform Your Workplace

Newman, K.  (2017, September 6) How Gratitude Can Transform Your Workplace. Greater Good Magazine.  Retrieved from https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_can_transform_your_workplace

Gratitude at work is great for people and teams!  Among its benefits are decreased stress, fewer sick days, and higher job satisfaction.  Research on gratitude at work suggests that it leads to better connections among coworkers and to the work itself.  Gratitude may also be the “gateway” to other prosocial behaviors that improve workplace culture and employee experience.

High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It

Delizonna, L.  (2017, August 24) High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety, Here’s How to Create It.  Harvard Business Review.  Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2017/08/high-performing-teams-need-psychological-safety-heres-how-to-create-it

Psychological safety, the ability to take risks, is essential for trust and high performance in teams.  With this kind trust, members of teams feel safe and as a result are more open-minded, motivated, resilient, and persistent.  These conditions enable divergent thinking which is essential for innovation.  The article provides 6 practical tips for creating psychological safety in your workplace.

Podcasts

Higher Purpose

Higher Purpose is a weekly podcast hosted by purpose-driven leader and workplace culture consultant, Kevin Monroe.  Monroe interviews human-centered leaders about topics ranging from self worth (episode 97) to psychological safety (episode 92) to unwrapping your purpose (episode 76).  Check out episodes 50 and 80 for interviews with A Human Workplace’s own Renee Smith!

Leadership with Heart

Leadership with Heart is hosted Heather Younger, JD, an employee experience, engagement and leadership effectiveness consultant, interviews leaders how possess the different traits of heart-centered leaders.  Heather is the best-selling author of, “The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty” and the founder and CEO of Customer Fanatix. Her organization’s mission is to inspire and train leaders to put their employees first. The website includes a helpful written summary of key takeaways from each podcast.

On Being

The On Being podcast is hosted by Krista Tippet, a journalist, author and theologian.  Tippet established the podcast in pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century: What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?  Each week, she interviews one or more thinkers about a broad range of topics about the human condition and ways to love our lives with integrity and intention.

 Science of Happiness

The Science of Happiness podcast is put out by the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.  Topics vary greatly from week-to-week and they focus on research-tested strategies for a happier and more meaningful life.  The host is Keltner, Ph.D., who is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.  

Poetry

The American Academy of Poets – Poets.org

The American Academy of Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.  This website offers access to both the poems and biographies of a culturally diverse array of American poets. Why poetry?  According to Kwame Dawes, Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, “Poetry offers us the capacity to carry in us and express the contradictory impulses that make us human.”

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation provides poetry, in written and audio form, for a variety of audiences.  This organization works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in our culture. You can sign up to receive a daily email containing a poem.  The Poetry Foundation publishes a magazine, hosts a podcast, and has a broad array of cross-cultural poetry.  Check out their black history month poetry collections celebrating black history month and the civil rights movement.

Center for Mindfulness, University of California, San Diego

The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness provides a list of poems used in their Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses. Mindfulness is the intentional practice of creating present-moment awareness.  Poetry is often used in mindfulness training because the act of stopping what you’re doing to read a poem is an act of mindfulness.  These poems explore the human condition and call the reader to exist in the present moment. 

TED Talks

The Danger of A Single Story – Chimamanda Adichie 

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie talks of the dangers of listening to only one story.  Listening to only one story limits thinking and perspective.  And in this way, stories can be dehumanizing and cause misunderstanding. But when we embrace that fact that there are many truths and that our lives consist of many overlapping stories, then stories can be used to empower and humanize.

The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown

Vulnerability is essential for humans to feel love, connection, and belonging.  In this TED Talk on The Power of Vulnerability, University of Houston research professor, Brené Brown is a research professor talks about our fear of vulnerability and how it presents humans from meeting their fundamental need for connection and belonging.  Brown has spent more than a decade studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. She is the author of numerous books and frequently speaks about her work to audiences around the world.

This is What Makes Employees Happy at Work – Michael C. Bush

In this TED Talk, Michael C. Bush shares his insights into what makes workers unhappy -- and how companies can benefit their bottom lines by fostering satisfaction. Since 2015, Bush has expanded Great Place to Work's global mission to build a better world by helping organizations create great places to work not just for some but for all. Under his leadership, the firm has developed a higher standard of excellence that accounts for fair and equitable treatment of employees across demographic groups, as well as executive leader effectiveness, innovation and financial sustainability.  His book A Great Place to Work For All outlines the compelling business and social benefits that come from these efforts.

How to Turn A Group of Strangers into a Team - Amy Edmonson

Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson studies "teaming," where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual problems. Recalling stories of teamwork on the fly, such as the incredible rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile underground in Chile in 2010, Edmondson’s TED Talk shares the elements needed to turn a group of strangers into a quick-thinking team that can nimbly respond to challenges.  The best teaming occurs when situational humility (a willingness to admit that you don’t have the answers) with curiosity about other’s ideas and a willingness to take risks to learn fast (also known as psychological safety).

The World Needs All Kinds of Minds - Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is an author, animal expert and an advocate for people with autism.  Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, talks about the benefits of neurodiversity in innovation, problem-solving and attending to details.  Grandin’s ability to “think in pictures” enabled her to radically improve the way animals are treated in slaughterhouses.

WEbsites

Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. The Greater Good Science Center is at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. The website includes access to a free online magazine, talks, articles, and practices all aimed at building the social and emotional well-being of people, communities and society.

Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

The mission of the Positive Psychology Center is to promote research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology, resilience and grit.  Positive psychology is the study of strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive.  The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.  The website provides overviews of research on positive psychology topics as links to other relevant websites and the opportunity to participate in their research. 

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University School of Medicine

CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences.  CCARE envisions a world in which the practice of compassion is understood to be as important for health as physical health and healthful diet.  The website shares research, articles, videos, and a blog that shares ideas to create more compassion in our lives.

Thrive Global

Thrive Global website provides a wealth of articles and other resources aimed at preventing workplace stress and burnout and enhancing well-being.  The also provide a range of services to help individuals, companies and communities improve their performance and unlock potential by focusing on people’s well-being.