Are you tired of hearing about quitting smoking quietly? U.S. too. Instead of focusing on the negatives, let's instead turn our attention to recognizing when colleagues are weak and how to help lift them up — benefiting them and the organization in the process.
Wither He is weak or fails to Improves. to Out in unpleasant or unwanted Situationoften for long time. – Cambridge English Dictionary
Doesn't seem like a place anyone would want to be, does it?
Vulnerability lies at the crossroads of mental ill-health in one direction and prosperity in the other, and is having a slow, depleting and depleting impact on our workforce.
Did you know that 40% of employees feel stagnant since the outbreak of the pandemic, and that 1 in 3 employees feel unmotivated? This is not surprising, given how work environments are changing to create the perfect storm: a decline in face-to-face human interaction and shared experiences, and a lack of diversity and change means that many employees are stuck in cycles that they struggle to break out of.
Why does this matter?
As the saying goes, if you're not moving forward, you're going backwards. Since lack of growth is an element of weakness, at this stage there is a dire need for intervention to move apathetic employees out of a state of inertia – unmotivated, uninspired, doing the bare minimum to cope, and back on track – feeling valued, energized and engaged. .
Recognize the signs
So, how can you recognize signs of vulnerability to better support your colleagues before they are given a 'QQ' rating, or worse yet, are given a mental health intervention?
- Changes in attitude – Have you moved from optimism to pessimism?
- Withdrawing from opportunities to socialize or communicate with colleagues
- Either not attending meetings, or contributing less than usual
- Showing up late, leaving early, or being absent frequently
- Not enthusiastic about taking on new projects, or bringing ideas to the table
- Changes in performance that do not match their abilities and skills
If you're comparing the above list to colleagues, or even yourself, and want to see what you can do, from single-task focus to psychological safety, read on in the next blog in this series: Flow to Thrive: Blog Part 2.
author: Jane Burton | Wellness Specialist at WorkLifeWell | ILM Executive Coach.
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