Building A Stress Free Workplace

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  ― Dr. Seuss

The key to being stress free at work is taking the advice of Author, Poet and Cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel otherwise known as Dr. Seuss.

“Psychology Today” would agree, “Scientists find that days filled with a string of stressful events will do it. But so will one chronic source of stress – like an abrasive relative or co-worker. In either case, our body fails to turn down the volume on the stress response. If we keep going through stress spirals, we enter what neurobiologists call “frazzle,” a technical term for the state of being overwhelmed. While frazzled we react in rigid ways, can’t adapt to change, can’t concentrate.”

Much of workplace stress is due to people not being their true, or genuine selves. They put on an act at work and try to act more “professional” more “low-key” or more “wound-up” to fit into the company culture at hand.

Add this to the stress to perform, the stress of the holidays, stress to get ahead, etc. leaves employees “frazzled” and unable to concentrate, also says “Psychology Today” on November 21, 2011.

So what can we glean from Dr. Seuss’ words that will help us in the workplace? Be who you are first of all. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Say what you feel and think, courteously, be honest. Honest feedback will help your company more than just mimicking the standard company line. Why? Because those who mind, the petty, the gossips, those ruthlessly climing to the top DON’T matter. That is old school and won’t work for them in this new age of information, communication, genuine connection and leading from within. And those who matter, your mentors, true leaders, WON’T mind. They want you to be yourself. They want to hear what you have to say. They hired you to contribute to the team.

If this sounds like an ideal workplace, it is. Yours can be like this too. And Data Wise Business Solutions can help. If you would like to impact your company culture so all of your employees have a voice, and you are reaping the rewards s of increased productivity and growth we are here. Anonymous surveys and key action planning can begin to turn the tide for your company.

If you are an employee who would like to see change, put this article on your fearless leader’s desk. Dialogue about it. Think together how great it would be to put your company on track with genuine employees feeling free to speak up, and work the way they were intended to, with joy and passion.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  ― Dr. Seuss


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