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Building a Psychologically Safe Workplace

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The Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School is well known for her work on business teams.

This is so interesting! Amy Edmonson found that the most competent teams had the most errors AND they weren’t afraid to discuss the errors. Being open to discussing errors brought about better solutions to effectuate change. Having interdependent teams that communicate openly provides the space for effective learning and for people to become fully contributing selves.

https://youtu.be/LhoLuui9gX8

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7 Toxic Behaviors of Highly Aggressive People at Work

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Have you ever seen a job announcement worded something like this: “aggressive sales person wanted” or “aggressive go-getter needed to take charge”? That kind of language tells me way more than I want to know about the person who would write such an ad. I wouldn’t want to be in the same room with such a person, let alone work with him or her.

Aggression is always directed against someone or something. In sports and in warfare, aggression is expected and necessary. Elsewhere it’s toxic. Certainly, many jobs require someone who is ambitious, self-motivated, and goal-oriented. Those qualities indicate a person of character and responsibility. An aggressive person is unlikely to be respected or trusted.

Being aggression-prone is such a risk in the workplace that some companies now test and reject applicants who score high in latent aggression. Dr. Lawrence James and associates developed the Conditional Reasoning Test of Aggression (CRT-A) specifically for this purpose. Not only should employers refrain from recruiting aggressive employees, they would be well advised to screen them out.

Some behaviors such as lying, bullying, harassment, fighting, and stalking are readily associated with hyper-aggressiveness. However, research has revealed several more malignant but not-so-obvious behaviors that are associated with hyper-aggression. Here are seven:

Malingering: Faking illness or injury to get out of work
Sabotage: Deliberately causing harm or creating liabilities for the employer
Toxic gossiping: Spreading discontentment and damaging morale
Chronic complaining: Always having something to complain about is the goal
Absenteeism: Significantly above the norm
Pilfering: That “aggressive go-getter” will try to get it all
Mobbing: Inciting co-workers to shun, harass, or intimidate others

As I explained in a previous post about road rage, the CRT-A is based on Dr. James’ theory of justification mechanisms. James identified six justification mechanisms that hyper-aggressive people use to relieve cognitive dissonance and excuse their bad behavior:

Hostile attribution: “It’s a dog eat dog world.”
Potency: The tendency to view social interactions in terms of winners and losers.
Retribution: “An eye for an eye.”
Victimization by powerful others: “I’m just a patsy.”
Derogation of target: “Those losers only got what they deserve.”
Social discounting: “You know where you can stick your rules.”

An exaggerated sense of entitlement, narcissism, and manipulativeness is apparent in many of the seven toxic workplace behaviors listed above. This suggests significant overlap between aggression and the dark triad trait of Machiavellianism. I think we need some aggressive go-getters to conduct further research into this possible correlation.

By Dale Hartley, Ph.D. MBA

How to Prevent Staff from Calling in Sick When They Aren’t

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Face it: There are days when you just don’t want to go to work. According to a 2015 survey from the job website CareerBuilder, 38% of employees said they’ve called in sick even though they felt well, up from 28% in 2014. Of the employees who feigned being sick, 27% said they just didn’t feel like going, 26% needed to relax, and 21% wanted to catch up on sleep.

To combat this, companies may want to get rid of sick days and instead implement “duvet days,” paid time off that can be used for any personal reason, says Karen A. Young, author of Stop Knocking on My Door: Drama Free HR to Help Grow Your Business.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3062742/forget-sick-days-theres-a-better-way-to-give-workers-time-off

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August is Happiness Month!

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Daily Happy Moves

  1. Cultivate kindness: Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that caring for someone other than ourselves creates a happier and more positive environment. Mario Mikulincer, Dean of the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel, asked participants to write down the people they turn to in times of distress or difficulty, the qualities they admire in these individuals, and to recall the times when they felt comforted by them. In studying this, he discovered this simple “support practice” dramatically increased subjects’ compassion, trust, and willingness to help other individuals who may be in distress. Steps for doing this are in this week’s On the Move Monthly Challenge.
  2. Take it Outside: Research has shown that exposing ourselves to sunlight (safely) increases our serotonin levels and can head off depression.
  3. Focus on Your Strengths: According to years of data from Gallup, people who focus on their innate talents, strengths and virtues are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and are happier overall. Begin by answering these five questions: 1. What activities make me feel strong? 2. What do I enjoy and feel competent doing? 3. What strengths, virtues and qualities do I like in others and in myself? 4. What makes me feel energized? 5. What do others close to me say are my greatest strengths?
  4. Move to boost your mood: Exercise releases endorphins that have been proven to make us feel better. The simple act of moving is not only good for your body, but research is telling us that motion impacts emotion. Try going for a walk, doing some squats in your office or, better yet, try the On the Move Move of the Week (how-to is below).

  • Stand tall and upright, with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands down by your sides.
  • Slowly lower your left ear to your left shoulder. Allow the weight of your head to gently lower your left ear towards your left shoulder. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
  • Next, bring your head back to center (neutral position) and slowly lower your chin to your chest. Allow the weight of your head to slowly lower your chin to your chest. Again, hold for 10 seconds. Remember to relax your breathing throughout. Deeply inhale through the nose and exhale slowly through the mouth.
  • Next, lower your right ear to your right shoulder. Allow the weight of your head to gently and slowly bring your right ear towards your right shoulder. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
  • Continue alternating to the left, center, and right side of your neck. (Optional: Think about what you are most thankful for during your neck stretches. This is a great way to combine a physical stretch with a proven positive approach to boost your happiness!)