Pulse March 2019 - Page 57

Tanzanite, white peacocks and joy-led workplaces. What do these three things have in common? They’re rare! Now you may ask yourself, “are joy-led workplaces really that uncommon?” In reality, if you look at the recently released 2017 edition of the “State of the Global Workplace” report by Gallup, you’ll find that, although the number of “actively disengaged people” (i.e. the employees who are frustrated and unproductive at work and are most likely spreading negativity to coworkers) has dropped by nine percent in the last eight years, the number of truly engaged people has not gone up. These numbers show that although we have reduced the number of toxic workplace cultures, we have not really created great workplace environments where people enjoy coming to work and where they can flourish. Great places to work should not be something that is rare. This three-part series will focus on four uncommon habits that joy-driven leaders employ to refuel positivity and engagement while delivering predictable excellence. and since we all like things that are easy to remember, you can use the word rAre as you begin to practice and develop these four habits. l redIScover your relationships: To our human brain, joy is relational. This means that we find joy through our connections and relationships with others, which is why it is frequently said that, “people don’t leave companies, people leave people.” Because of this, a typical leader tends to be problem-focused, whereas a rarE leader tends to be people-focused. l APPrecIAte your assets: i’m not much of an accounting whiz, but when i started my own business i found it interesting that things like printers and computers were considered assets on my general ledger, while the people i hired to work with me were considered liabilities. as an accountant this makes sense, and common leaders tend to see it this way as well. however, rarE leaders have learned to look beyond the budget sheet and appreciate their biggest assets: their people. People are the biggest compet- itive advantage we have in our business. Products, services and processes can be duplicated and recreated, but our people are unique and the team dynamic we create with these assets cannot be repli- cated. l return to your joy: Life and work don’t always go as planned. People don’t always behave as you expect them to. When these unexpected situations happen, common leaders resort to complaining, avoiding or throwing themselves a pity party. rarE leaders, on the other hand, bounce back from these overwhelming and challenging situations by returning to their joy. They do this by focusing on the process, not the outcomes; carving out quiet time to reflect and staying positive, among other ways. They are able to face their march n PULSE 2019 55