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Helping Your Team Find a Sense of Place
“One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.” – Hermann Hesse
Your team members need freedom of expression, a strong support system, and heartfelt encouragement. They need to feel a sense of safety, and most importantly, they need to feel a sense of home.
Merriam Webster defines “Home” as, “one’s place of residence”. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home Of course, none of your team members are going to start sleeping at the office. But, what if your workplace truly functioned as home on a deeper level. Functioned as…
- Home for each team member’s freedom of creative expression
- Home for each team member’s sense of compassion and confidence
- Home for each team member’s most bold and outgoing self
- Home for each team member’s sense of play, possibility, and positivity
- Home for each team member’s willingness to explore and take risks
If your team members feel truly in their element in the workplace – you stand the best chance of seeing their most outstanding selves emerge; the best chance of successfully undergoing failure, tackling challenge, and emerging stronger and smarter than before.
So, you ask, how do you foster a sense of home in the workplace?
The answer, of course, is through Emotional Intelligence.
When your team members collaborate, communicate, and create in emotionally intelligent ways, you foster the same kind of safety, security, and confidence one equates with a true sense of home.
That’s why it’s so important to integrate EI practices into the workplace, and to help each individual hone their own EI abilities; encouraging team members to develop awareness of and the ability to regulate their own emotions, and their awareness of and ability to work with the emotions of their colleagues.
Encourage your team members to take imaginative risks, allow them to fail grandly, and reward your them for their successes. When every single one of your team members feels a sense of home, your workplace shines with confidence, playfulness, and potential.
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