Isn’t it funny how much we resist change as human beings and yet it’s been our constant.
If one looks to nature to see how quickly adaptations are made to environmental, situational and physical changes, it’s remarkable how seamless things can be, when a sentimental human mind is not involved. An animal that finds an obstacle in its pathway will immediately begin figuring out a way around the problem, deciding if it can go over it, around it, or dig a hole underneath it; ever focused on its primary job of getting to where it needs to be. It doesn’t get upset or despondent. If you think about it, you were like that once too, otherwise you would never have learned to walk.
It’s not that the animal hasn’t felt any emotion towards what has happened (just like you didn’t not feel emotion when you fell), it just doesn’t hold on to the sentiment, as holding on serves no purpose.
EMOTIONS ARE FEEDBACK FROM YOUR BODY TO HELP YOU GROW
Your emotions are what make you unique, and give you the capacity for growth, understanding and empathy. They are a vital part of what makes you tick. They also feedback, from our body to say that your energy is stuck somewhere.
The past two years that we have been living with a pandemic have seen enormous changes in our usual ways of doing things. The effects on human behaviour will be long term and personally I don’t think we have even begun to understand the impact long term… so watch this space.
The time that many of us spent at home, especially in those early days of lockdown, led to a re-evaluation of what was really important to us, and work was not the highest on the list for the majority!
So where has that left companies and business owners in the new landscape as we all adapt to the new normal? Well the simple answer is for many, in a mess! Suddenly people have realised that their happiness is what they really care about, and for those who were not particularly happy in the workplace prior to COVID, they have decided to look elsewhere for work which can fulfil their emotional needs perhaps even before their pocket. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2022 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, 44% percent of employees are currently “job seekers,” as the world now faces The Great Reshuffle.
EVERY TIME AN EMPLOYEE RESIGNS IT COSTS THE COMPANY MONEY
Every time an employee resigns it costs money. In short it’s very expensive to replace people (consider recruitment fees, increased salaries, training costs and other hidden costs). So where does this leave your company in the near future?
A client of mine's husband worked for a large London based company for 4 years, doing the daily commute of an hour and 15 both ways on a good day. He put in the hours and was arguably one of the most valuable members that team, breaking records for hours sold and commission made in the short time he had been there. However, shortly after he arrived there was a change in management; and the majority of the staff were disgruntled at best; and downright miserable at worst. Having had the opportunity to spend more time at home with the family, her husband decided it was time to look for work closer to home, that would make him happier.
The company he moved to had what he described as a ‘family feel’ – i.e. a real focus on keeping their staff happy. Happy people end up being productive people, and that is good for business.
I should mention here that in his previous job he was on a higher salary with a company car and company motorbike as part of his package. On paper, it looked like an incredible deal, but in reality, his emotional needs were not fulfilled, and consequently he made the choice to go to a job with a lower salary and no company vehicles, which I can honestly say has made an enormous difference to their family life at home.
DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE 4.1 BILLION MEETING MINUTES A DAY?
With most of our interactions being from behind computer screens, (in 2020 Microsoft Teams was hosting 4.1 billion meeting minutes on a daily basis according to Finances Online!) it becomes exponentially more important that we know where our employees and work colleagues are emotionally, to be able to support one another to stay ahead of the game.
Success is actually about building connections and what makes us feel good is connection. A Harvard study shows that quality connections is what makes humans feel successful. And the more you feel good, the more you want to get that feeling again. So start building a connection with yourself and stop numbing your feelings, because when you numb uncomfortable feelings, you numb all feelings, so how can you feel any joy? This is when change becomes overwhelming and scary.
My client said she saw the difference in her husband from when he was chasing the hours and pushing for the bonuses in his previous job compared to when new management came in and he stopped being appreciated – it totally changed his drive to succeed.
So instead of resisting the reshuffle like trying to stand strong against a tidal wave, why not try grabbing a surfboard and seeing where it can take you?
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