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Well-Being at Work – Giving Will Increase Everyone’s Well-Being

 

Our well-being is important, our well-being at work also important. If you look up the term well-being you won’t find just one word to describe it.  There are many different words and phrases you can use, each with its own little nuance.

Well-being isn’t something you talk about in regular conversation. You wouldn’t say, “How is your well-being?”  And yet, most people have a pretty good idea of what it means.  It doesn’t mean just “being well”. It’s much more than that. It’s a combination of feelings and functions;  physical, social, emotional and practical.

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about how giving increases one’s happiness and personal well-being.  When you give – of yourself, of your money, of your time – you come away feeling better.  There are studies to prove this.  Usually, these studies are talking about individual giving.

But what about group well-being? And how can you achieve it at work?

Team-Work Increases Well-Being

You know the feeling.  When people work together as a team, with everyone giving their all, each individual contribution can increase the whole group’s motivation, confidence and enthusiasm. When the project goes well, everyone shares in that sense of well-being.

It’s more than the feeling of doing a good job. It’s the confidence and optimism everyone feels working together towards a common cause.

Listening is Giving

Everyone knows the best example is action not words. Sometimes you give more by listening to others’ ideas rather than telling them yours. Listening validates what others say and gives them the confidence to participate more. And don’t just listen, Think about what they say and say it back so they know you understand and care.

Listening  builds trust and also makes others feel important. It is a gift to the person who’s talking and to the group. When you feel like interrupting because the other person is off track, bite your tongue. Keep your criticism to yourself until they finish then show you see their point of view. Then suggest or ask for other opinions.

Can You Give Well-Being to Others?

Because well-being is a term that’s hard to nail down, it’s difficult to say whether you can give it to someone. But think of it this way.  If what you do improves someone’s self-esteem or a group’s appreciation of that person’s skills, and they feel more optimistic and confident as a result, that’s a gift, right?  For those who are especially uncomfortable, try these three things.

  1. Make an effort to include them in a team collaboration.
  2. Show you care about their point of view and ideas.
  3. Help them in areas where you have experience and they don’t.

More specifically:

  1. Instead of just emailing reports back and forth to one another, suggest an after-work drink to discuss the various parts of the assignment. When people discover how their parts fit together with the whole, they’ll be more motivated to up their give.
  2. When a project first starts, suggest a brainstorming session without any barriers. Together in a room, have everyone throw out ideas with someone keeping track. Encourage them by saying there are no wrong or right ideas; and even if these ideas don’t work now, they might in the future. This helps the shy members in particular because everyone gets a chance to give.
  3. Count the good things. When everything seems to be falling apart, list all the good things the group has accomplished so far. Even small things like “we know each other a lot better,” or “this experience will make us better prepared for the next assignment” are positives.

You have the Power.

By bringing people together on the job, you’ll experience how well-being is increased. And of course, your own well-being will soar as well. Most people appreciate this and you can help make it happen for your colleagues. Challenge them and yourself  by joining the 365give Challenge at www.365give.ca  .

One give a day makes a better, happier you and a better, happier world.

 

 

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)