As the leaves begin to turn in the Northern Hemisphere, fall typically signifies a time for change. Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only constant is change.” Fall reminds us that the world is constantly developing and that we need to embrace the present before it becomes the past.
With respect to work, ‘change’ can often sound quite extreme – like changing job or changing career – but it doesn’t have to be! As part of our Year of Engagement, we’re challenging you to make some changes to ensure you have a positive work environment. This is a small change that you can control.
Given much of our waking-day is spent working, the better we feel about coming to work, the more motivated and engaged we will be. We’ve previously discussed the impact engaged employees can have on business and this is undeniable. Little changes, can make a big difference in setting a positive environment. Here’s a few thoughts we’ve had:
- Stop, start, continue lists: what is working for you personally, and for you as team? What isn’t working? What needs to be introduced? This short exercise can prove highly beneficial in ensuring you achieve the change you want
- Embrace positivity: by giving your colleagues and team positive reinforcement you can encourage a small but subtle behavior change. Positivity breeds positivity. Try once a day telling your colleagues: “I appreciate the way you…”, “I really enjoy working with you because…”, “I admire the way you take the time to…” etc.
- Change your response: when someone challenges or disagrees with you about something related to work, think about how you respond; rather than getting defensive embrace the discussion
- Share: share your insights and ambitions for change with your team. Working together can make the job easier and a lot more fun! Share this blog, let people know what you’re working to achieve!
If you’re interested in introducing some positive change to your work IAOCR is here to help. We’re committed to creating a competent and highly effective workforce and we believe this can be done through engagement. There are a number of changes you can make personally and our Qualified Professional Certification is a great place to start. If your ambitions are focused on the bigger picture – perhaps for your department, region or your whole organization; our Workforce Quality Accreditation can help identify what things are great and where change might be beneficial. Alternatively, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can support you.