Corporate Wellness

Social Networking When You Hate It - An Introvert's Guide

November 18, 2022
The Wellness Tribe Team

The pandemic has compelled us to go online in recent years. We could only conduct business online since physical meetings were not permitted. Some of us found it unbearable, while others benefited, making most of whatever was available in the form of a company.

We are progressively being asked to leave the safety of our virtual world and speak with actual words rather than emojis and GIFs now that things are more-or-less under control once again. So we can understand how some people would find that adjustment challenging.

Walking up to strangers can be intimidating and nerve-wracking. But with some practice and a few tips, you could meet new friends at every turn.

Learn the Three W's (Why, Where, and When) of talking.

The Three W's of Talking to Strangers—why, where, and when—help set the stage before delving into the specifics of how to approach someone you don't know.

  • Why? Find out why you want to talk to people you don't know.
  • Where? Go where people are to talk to them.
  • When? Use a stranger's body language to know when to talk to them.

Instead of thinking you need to connect with dozens of people or businesses, focus on connecting with just one. Once you've reached that goal, you might feel more confident to go on and talk to someone else. If you have a list of people who will be there, you can be even more specific about your goal.

Gain Connection Early

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If you're shy or quiet, the best time to show up at an event is at the start. Fewer people are in the room during the pre-event period, so you can speak without being interrupted. Also, as the room fills up, everyone is looking for someone to talk to. 

When you make one great connection early on in the night, you'll gain confidence and meet more new people as the night progresses.

Icebreakers! Pick Yours

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Having a few icebreaker questions or topics ready can help you feel more comfortable when talking to someone for the first time. 

Among these topics are how they heard about the event, how long they've been with the organization, what they enjoy doing around town with their family, or what's exciting for them in the future. 

Try to engage in a natural conversation with your conversation partner instead of focusing solely on their work. Doing so leaves a lasting impression, learns what makes the person tick, and gets to know them better.

Here are a few examples of icebreakers:

1. How many countries have you visited?

2. What would be your dream place to live if you had the choice?

3. Do you have a favorite TV show?

Make A List

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Make a list of questions you can always ask to get you through the first few minutes of the meeting. No one in the world doesn't like talking about themselves. 

Find out what brand they work on, and tell them what you know about their company. Then, tell them why you like their product if you use it. This gives people a chance to tell stories, which is a great way to find things they have in common.

Keep It Going

The best way to build a long-lasting relationship is to become a mentor or mentee. The benefits of mentoring in business are many, including avoiding too much formality in the relationship. In addition, you can be honest with the other people involved by revealing your flaws and goals.

The fear of not knowing what to expect makes some people afraid to seek advice or assistance from others. Mentoring also helps you to understand the next generation better. The importance of building strong relationships below you is just as great as it is for those above you. In your role as a mentee, you will benefit from the advice and objective viewpoint of someone you trust and respect.

Closing Thoughts

There's no doubt that a strong network can help your business, and it works both ways. So, if you're stuck, look for ways you can help your peers. With that simple action, you're already social networking in the best way possible.

Do you feel better prepared to network now that you have the tips? What is one tip you can easily implement from this article? Let us know in the comments below.

Corporate Wellness

Establishing Employee Trust: 5 Ways to Make It Happen

October 21, 2022
The Wellness Tribe Team

With the fear of an impending recession, hiring freezes, and mass layoffs, many individuals are experiencing great stress and uncertainty at work right now. Employees want to know whether their job is secure, what they should be doing, and what the future holds.

In times like this, it may be incredibly difficult for managers to build trust in their teams. What information should you provide, and how much of it should you share? How can you be open about the company's problems without discouraging your employees? How can confidence be provided without making misleading promises?

Here are some 8 strategies for assisting your team through times of uncertainty:

Keep It Up-To-Date

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Because of uncertainty, things are always changing; what is true now may no longer be true tomorrow. That is why, as a manager, it is critical to keep your team members as informed as possible to avoid them getting stressed.

Schedule frequent meetings to keep your staff up to speed on recent strategy changes and actively communicate relevant information as it becomes available. When your employees are sure that you are dedicated to keeping them informed, it may reduce uncertainty and foster a better feeling of trust.

Be Open and Honest

While you must be careful with the information you offer, it is critical that you be as explicit and honest as possible. Be candid about the reality that no one, including you, can completely predict what lies ahead, but that you do know the company is doing all it can to provide a solid foundation for the future. 

Make it apparent that the corporation wants you to share what you know by using phrases like "I shouldn't be telling you this" or "don't discuss this with anybody, but..." In order to avoid instilling secrecy and suspicion, make an explicit effort to emphasise that the information you are delivering is coming straight from leadership.

Assume Responsibility

When an unfavourable event occurs, be sure to accept responsibility as their leader.

As a leader, it is your responsibility to accept responsibility for the welfare of the whole team, even if it is not directly your fault. Accept responsibility for all actions, good and bad, and your team will begin to trust you.

"Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge." - Simon Sinek

Prepare for Similar Discussions

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It may be challenging for employees when every day is different, and things are continuously changing, so be prepared to have similar talks with your team members about the same pain areas, questions, and worries. 

Try to be patient, even if you believe you've previously discussed this, since your staff may need to go over things many times before they feel more in control. Additionally, be consistent in the information you provide with the team to minimise misunderstanding or misinterpretation. Incorporate employee wellness programs to start such conversations. 

Be Confident and Enthusiastic

Because your actions and attitude as a manager may significantly impact your staff, it is critical to show confidence in leadership and excitement for the future. While things are unpredictable and no one knows everything, it is your obligation to emphasise what you do know and how you can best position the team to go ahead efficiently. 

Always endeavour to lead with positivity and acknowledge your team's efforts. Language such as "we've got this" and "I'm so pleased with all the effort our team has done" is an excellent method to foster togetherness and optimism.

Activities That Build Trust

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Morale is increased via Trust-Building Activities. It's been proved that when individuals appreciate their employees, they're happier and more productive—and this doesn't happen by chance. Providing activities aimed at creating trust in teams is one method to boost morale while also increasing trust.

Provide Emotional Support

During times of uncertainty, stress and anxiety are understandable. Take the time to check in with your team members on a regular basis. Begin your weekly meetings by asking how your staff are doing and if there is anything you can do to help. 

Pay close attention to what they are saying and asking so that you can follow up later. As a manager, it is critical to consider your employees' viewpoints and to evaluate what you would like to hear if you were in their shoes.

Invest in Your Employees

High-trust workplaces foster holistic development and employee well-being in their teams and members. When growing talent inside the business, they employ a development attitude, providing chances for managers and direct reports to meet and discuss whole-person growth, which includes both a professional and personal emphasis. 

Organisations that invest in their employees are more likely to retain talent and improve engagement. This can include employee wellness initiative, financial well-being programs, and fun wellness activities. 

Conclusion

Teamwork flourishes when members trust each other to deliver and match their contributions with quality and excitement. When there is trust at work, everyone always relies on others to provide consistent efforts and solid outcomes.

Occupational Wellbeing

Quiet quitting, great resignation, and moonlighting: Connecting the Dots

October 15, 2022
The Wellness Tribe Team

We have entered an era where millennials are doing things that make us scratch our heads and wonder what exactly they are trying to accomplish. It started with them abruptly resigning from their jobs, a phenomenon dubbed The Great Resignation. Then, in what is known as quiet quitting or taking it easy at work, they refused to perform beyond their minimum expectations. 

A growing number of Millennials are transitioning to gig labor as a way to escape the "ennui" of the 9 to 5 nonsense, which they deem monotonous. According to the most recent labor statistics, Millennials and Gen Z are increasingly working for numerous companies at once, contradicting the stereotype of loyal and dedicated workers. 

So what exactly is happening, and is there an underlying connection between great resignation, quiet quitting, and moonlighting? 

The Great Resignation

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Early in 2021, when people first started quitting their jobs in droves, most experts thought that the "Great Resignation" was a direct result of the pandemic's uncertainty and chaos.

The situation right now is strange. Despite a lifting of Covid restrictions and a subsiding pandemic in many countries, resignation letters are still flooding in. Even though there are widespread predictions of a slowdown, workers are actually quitting their jobs in large numbers. Many who have not left yet plan to do so soon as well.

Nevertheless, even a severe financial catastrophe, which many believe is imminent, may not be enough to prevent the Great Resignation and retain current employees. In the unlikely event that we experience a recession, we will need to wait and see how things unfold. Companies must adjust to accommodate employees and understand their needs through corporate wellness programs as long as employees know what they seek. 

Quiet Quitting

The majority of people are back to work, though they are doubtless unhappy to be there. As they have become accustomed to remote work, they are reluctant to quit, so they are happy to embrace the concept of quiet quitting. 

Rather than working late, participating in team-building activities, or volunteering for new initiatives, quiet quitting individuals move away from work and avoid the above and beyond. They are stepping away from the hustle and bustle culture.

Psychologists refer to the behavior as 'occupational citizenship behavior.' Quiet quitters keep up with just enough work at work, then leave on time and avoid slack. According to experts, the increase in quiet quitting has correlated with higher job dissatisfaction levels. 

Moreover, a sudden shift has occurred in the way we question the job and, most importantly, being at work. As a result, there is also a rapid change in expectations and job satisfaction. Corporate wellness programs can help companies better understand their employees' needs and why they are not satisfied at work by performing some activities with them. 

Moonlighting

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According to another survey, almost 65% of IT workers say they or someone they know moonlights or looks for part-time work while working from home.

Considering how young the workforce is and how big and developing the industry is, it should be no surprise that this is the case. IT companies with large staff have a difficult time creating a sense of loyalty and ownership. 

Young tech workers fully embrace the hustle culture, which often costs more to advance financially than one job does. So while salaries in Bangalore, India's IT hub, are relatively high, living expenses are also high. 

Along with increasing their income, many workers aim to advance their skills or pursue their passions. Furthermore, working from home has made it easier to combine a secondary job with a primary job while reaping both benefits.

The bottom line

Employers should not overlook the importance of moderation in behavior, even when great resignation, quiet quitting, and moonlighting have helped employers to understand the paradigm shift in worker demands. Employees who follow these trends will only betray their jobs if they break corporate policy. However, the corporation will not, under any circumstances, tolerate a decline in productivity.

Therefore, both the workers and the employers must increase their communication channels in a situation like this, where a change in all areas is required, so there is a clear understanding. Additionally, employers should pay their employees fairly, appreciate their efforts, and recognize their abilities in order to retain workers.

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