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Stress and Plasticity: A Win-Win for Building Resilient Teams at Work

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For those of you following my blogs and tweets, you may recall that I recently sent out my 10 tips for engaging employees (in just 10 minutes!). As I discussed, practicing these habits will cause them (because of the plasticity of the brain) to become so ingrained that you literally won’t have to spend time planning to do them. They will be well-established habits.

A TED Talk by Kelly McGonigal is a great follow up to that brief article. Entitled “How to make stress your friend”, the video tackles another of the key elements of engagement: being part of a team and having a trusted friend at work.

Watch this video, and as you are doing so think of a few key things:

  1. We are all hard wired to be a part of a tribe. This is our earliest limbic brain at work. Survival.
  2. Being emotionally isolated will result in very high levels of fear and with it the destructive type of stress that leaves us feeling hopeless.
  3. If you get the time, look up Malcolm Gladwell’s essay on an anomaly found in a predominantly Italian community in Pennsylvania. They had an abnormally low rate of heart disease. Why?

    Two conclusions:

  • The community tended to be one that took walks and stopped at each other’s houses to chat with a neighbor who was sitting out on their porch.
  • The predominantly Catholic community found that saying the rosary was the equivalent of a 5-10 minute meditation that calmed the brain, respiration, and heart rate. The time to repeat each rosary is almost exactly the same as the timing of each breath in a meditation!
  1. Being part of a team and caring for each other (e.g. I will help you; I care about you as a person; you can confide in me; etc.) builds the good stress reaction of oxytocin in our bodies.

I hope you enjoy this!

If you’re looking for further reading, ProfitGuide recently published a great article, “8 Low-Cost Ways to Engage Employees.” As the article suggests, you must focus on building a caring, compassionate workplace.

My cheatsheet for improving employee engagement in 10 minutes will help you do just that! Click here to get your complimentary download.

When you think of stress and building a great workplace, remember you need to start by getting the facts. You need to start with a survey that will isolate the top issues at play in your workplace. Only then can you address them effectively.

Remember: You can’t manage what you don’t measure!

>> Our employee engagement survey will help you get insight into your organization and make real changes. Contact us to discuss how we can customize a survey for your business.

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Written by Dwight Lacey

Dwight Lacey

Dwight is the President at Workplace Engagement Insights. He leads Workplace Engagement Insights with a clear understanding of the latest employee engagement research, survey best practices, and leadership styles that create successful businesses.

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