If you watch TV series, apart from entertainment, what’s your takeaway?
To expand on what I mean, here are a few examples of exceptional leadership:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine — Captain Raymond Holt manages his diverse team almost flawlessly.
Castle — Captain Roy Montgomery strikes a perfect balance between work and fun.
Castle-Detective Kate Beckett effortlessly exhibits a thing or two about loyalty.
The Office — You can perceive how hard Michael Scott repeatedly tries to be friends with his subordinates & attempts to be cool, even though he mostly fails miserably. He doesn’t stop attempting.
I say, we must learn a handful from these amazing characters about how they maintain such high standards in their workplace by boosting morale, having fun, getting creative at work, dealing with an assortment of staff, etc.
Let’s face it, irrespective of profession, the pressure is mounting on all of us. While that can’t be controlled to a large extent, what could help us bear with the pressure are a controlled few.
In a world where almost everyone is either going through a mental/physical illness, the least we can do is treat them as human beings, not a piece of trash we pay to slog for us.
Most employers say that when in doubt, use the carrot and stick approach & I must agree. But how many of us are actually even attempting the carrot approach first?
It is pretty obvious that there are many abusive people around us — at work, home, schools, religious places, malls, even the roads. There is not a single place in the world that is considered absolutely safe for anyone. At this point, is it too much to ask for people to be nicer to each other, at least at work, considering most of us spend an average of 40–55 hours per week there!
Here’s the million dollar question — how can you help?
- Improve your work relationships. Be more involved with your people. Once you get to know them, you will hopefully understand their intentions/actions as well. Try and have semi-monthly activities that will serve this purpose.
- If someone repeats an odd behavior/action, and you’re in a position of power, please make talk with them & comprehend what makes them function that way & then take appropriate action with a cool mind. Don’t jump directly to ‘punishment.’
- If you have the gift of humor, entertaining others during break times/parties would not be such a bad idea plus it’ll help build rapport. You know what would be a bad idea — practical pranks, that’s evil!
- Show zero tolerance to judgement, gossip, mean and inappropriate jokes thrown around racism, sexism, body shaming, pregnancy, LGBTQ community, etc. Just like you have solo rights on your life, so does everybody else.
- If you notice that someone is having a bad day, irrespective of your designation, go and approach them. Why? Doesn’t it feel good to have someone be there for you when you’re having a bad episode? But do note that when the person makes it clear that they’ll be fine on their own, the sane thing to do is to walk away because you’ve done your part by checking up on them.
- Don’t waste precious time. If you genuinely have nothing to do at work, I suggest you seek your manager out and ask for some work that can improve your productivity. Also, who in their right mind would want to miss out on the satisfaction of a task well done!
- It is not advisable to harass your staff by setting unattainable targets. We get that you want the company to be profitable and all, but that doesn’t mean you can lay pressure on them, expect them to keep up & then demean them when they succumb.
- Don’t demean others. It is not advisable to think/say that you would do a better job than the person who is presently doing the job. You don’t walk in their shoes and it is wrong to compare their capabilities to yours.
- You don’t have to yell/bang your fists at someone to let them know that you’re disappointed in their actions/words. Communication is key. Ensure that you choose your words wisely before hurling them.
- Be more encouraging and supporting to job seekers who reach out to your platform. Hone your HR professionals to reach out to them/be available, keep them informed about any vacancies, the status of their applications, specific reasons for their rejections, etc.
It is not hard to understand that we humans make mistakes, are prone to forget things, are clumsy & faulty and many more. So the next time your employer/employee does something wrong, don’t jump to rip them apart with words, instead try aiming for a more favorable/productive solution that could resolve the issue at hand. Work with them, help & teach them to do better. Use the carrot approach whenever you can.
Would you — like to add some more points / disagree with something I wrote ?
I would love to hear your thoughts.