Mindfulness In The Workplace, Empathy’s Role In Employee Engagement, The Low Cost And High Impact Of Recognition And Training New Managers #FridayFinds

The articles that we’re proposing for this week’s FridayFinds edition are linked by a key factor: they bring about perspective on the topic they’re dealing with, whether it’s leadership or mindfulness in the workplace. It’s easy to get caught up in day to day operations and processes, that you lose perspective on some of the most important things.

The authors manage to provide both strategic overview and persuasive details, making these articles exceptionally useful for HR professionals and employees alike.

Here are this week’s most popular articles in HR & employee engagement:

“Mindfulness in the workplace” means you’re doing it wrong

Mental health should be a talking point on every company’s agenda, and mindfulness is one of the answers to addressing the fact that almost 50% of people in the US will experience mental illness at least once in their lifetime.

Andy Puddicombe, co-founder at Headspace, tells us to address the mind as a whole, not just this one aspect of our life called “work”. In his view, mindfulness in the workplace cannot be treated as an isolated, one-time occurrence, regardless of all other aspects of our lives.

“This is the beauty of training the mind…rather than trying to fix every little bit of software in our life, we are addressing the hardware, and thereby transforming our experience and perspective of the entire world around us.”

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Empathy is one aspect of emotional intelligence that enables us to understand what our emotions are telling us and renders us able to make decisions from that place. For managers, being aware of what emotional intelligence is and how it is used in everyday life is of the utmost importance.

In this video, Amanda Wildman, Director of Emotionally-i-Fit, talks about the role that empathy plays in improving employee engagement within organizations.

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Employee Recognition: Low Cost, High Impact

According to one of Gallup’s recent analysis, only one in three workers in the U.S. strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days. It seems that it is not uncommon for employees to feel that their best efforts are routinely ignored. Meanwhile, research also shows that employees who do not feel adequately recognized are twice as likely to say they’ll quit in the next year.

It seems that employee recognition might be one of the greatest missed opportunities for leaders and managers.

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Why Do We Spend So Much Developing Senior Leaders and So Little Training New Managers?

The transition from employee to manager is one of the most challenging in business, bringing with it new roles and responsibilities, new ways of looking at organizations, and new ways of relating to peers and multiple constituencies.

Harvard Business Review contributor Victor Lipman talks openly about his first experience as a new manager, about the mistakes he made and the most important takeaways for future new managers in the same position.

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Join us next week as we share more of our favorite articles. We’d also love to know what articles made your week and what topics you’d like us to talk about next week so comment away.

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