My Work Life is Killing Me!!

David Armes | 18th May 2018

I was watching BBC Breakfast this week and there was a fascinating article on new work being done to try and explain the hotly debated subject of why Homosapiens outlived the Neanderthals, when there was so much evidence to show that they shouldn’t have. The journalist that was leading the story finished his piece with an amazing line. He said, actually that’s not really the big question, the big question is ‘How did Homosapiens end up being so crazy?!!’

 

What a great way to sign off.

Because it got me thinking about a hot topic that many of us who run businesses, supporting large organisations, are debating – since when did work mean to kill you. Yes, you may say that is overdramatic, but increasingly we are dealing with people that are overwhelmed at work, whether it be the volume of what they need to do or the size of what they need to achieve.

So, what’s the answer?

The answer I am going to give you is based on my own personal experience over the last few years.

I have been lucky enough to have a wonderful coach, who I have known and worked with for over 10 years, Kaaren Brook. Recently we have been discussing the importance of seeing work as a significant part of your life, that the more you enjoy and feel passionate about it, the more energy you have to invest in it.

It struck me on a call with her this week that the things I have been working on are exactly what are increasingly missing in the corporate world.

 

This is what I have been working on:

  • Care – doing things that are focused on looking after myself

  • Trust – that if I spend my time well everything else will look after itself

  • Space – to think, plan, re-charge, have fun, be creative, try new things

And that’s exactly what we need to bring into the world of work, and in that order.

  • Care for your people and they will care back

  • Trust them to spend their time well

  • Give them space to press the pause button so they can plan, try new things and re-charge

 

I genuinely believe that to get the best out of people we need to create environments where they are energised, feel passionate about being part of, and most of all are proud to tell others about.

Wouldn’t it be great, in the future, when we speak to people about how work is, they answer, loving it!!

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