Giving more, means more. What are you willing to give? In the workplace, teamwork give may be one of the most constructive things you can do.
People often ask, “What do you have to lose?”
Instead we should be asking, “What do you have to give?”
The psychology of work drives everything. It is an element of culture, the associated environment, and the outputs of the organization.
What happens when we give more:
- benefit of the doubt?
Do any of these have a positive return on investment? Do they make a difference?
Culture or Environment?
Many organizations believe that they have a thriving culture. Yet, they often lack some of the essential ingredients.
When you ask about culture do you get answers connected to the environment?
We brightened the room.
We provided a walking trail and a fitness room.
Some of our cubicles went away and were replaced with open space.
In a general sense, these are all related to the environment, not the culture.
Culture has some connections to the environment but environment alone does not illustrate the culture. Culture is comprised of many things and it starts with behaviors, attitudes, and a feeling that develops from the people.
What are you giving to your team?
We can give a lot of things. More respect, more trust, and even more patience.
Empathy matters. So does negative bias and stereotyping.
Is there ridicule or more benefit of the doubt?
Do you want employees to care more? Give them more responsibility, empowerment, and involve them in decisions.
Working overtime on your culture may be the simplest thing you can do to make the organization better.
Are you getting a good return on your investment?
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.