One day, years ago when I was working in the health and wellness industry, one of my intelligent and high performing colleagues appeared quite deflated. This caught my attention because she was always on her ‘A’ game, never asked for help, and was considered one of our most reliable team members.
When I asked her if she was okay, she responded with a sigh, “Yeah, but I just have so much on my...
Have you ever considered whether or not a team member has called out sick because of you?
According to the WorkPlace Research Foundation that’s exactly what might be happening. Companies that foster highly engaged workforces report an average of 2.69 sick days taken annually per employee, compared to companies with weak engagement efforts, reporting an average of 6.19 sick days.
As I walked down the hall, cruising through pods, the only acknowledgment of my existence were simple hand gestures. A few people people gave me a wave, others threw up an air fist pump, and a few ignored me. What was interesting was each and every person I passed was doing the exact same thing. They were all wearing headphones and listening to music.
We’ve all done it. You set the alarm for 6:00 AM with grand aspirations to get up and workout like a Navy Seal before eating a healthy breakfast and cracking on with your day.
Then the alarm goes off, it’s dark and cold outside, you’re tired – and those good intentions simply evaporate.