Keep teamwork a priority by encouraging smart business practices. Inspire your employees and avoid burnout by finding ways to set a good example both in and out of the office. These tips can help you facilitate a more collaborative environment:
Understand the power of first-person language
Using the first-person is a way to empower employees because it avoids labeling someone based on their weaknesses or disabilities. For example, instead of labeling someone as “autistic,” you would refer to that person as “a worker with autism” or instead of using the term “inefficient” you could say, “a worker who needs some extra help.” Even the slightest changes in language can empower workers and make them feel like they are members of a team working toward a common goal.
Shut down bullying
Did you know up to 19% of workers have experienced bullying or witnessed bullying in the workplace? Another study found that 29% of bullying victims remain silent. It’s important to break the stigma around bullying and address the problem head-on before employees feel too afraid to come to work. If a situation like this arises, it’s important to document every detail and report the problem to HR immediately.
Own up to mistakes
Instead of encouraging a “top-down” culture where upper management can do no wrong, it’s important everyone owns up to their mistakes. By setting a clear example and showing vulnerability, you can strengthen relationships and build trust.
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