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Painted Brain | Better Management For Better Mental Health In The Workplace
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Better Management for Better Mental Health in the Workplace


The tools and practices are available for companies to be both successful and foster mental wellness.

Empower Independent Work

Micromanagement is not smart business. It puts undue pressure on workers and doesn’t allow them the creativity and space to contribute. Reduce or eliminate the need for constant oversight from a centralized authority. 

Empower teams to coordinate independently and keep the ball rolling. Invite the whole team to brainstorm and participate in problem-solving so that you can continually improve your processes. Empower cross-departmental collaboration.

https://www.inc.com/tess-townsend/become-a-slack-superstar-with-3-key-tips-from-the-sanders-campaign.html

“That’s not my job”

Do you ever hear co-workers saying this at work? Has anyone told you this recently?

“The smaller the company, the more important it is that employees think on their feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done. When your leaders say that to you where you work, what they’re really saying is, “I care only about me.” That attitude quickly destroys overall performance because it quickly turns what might have been a cohesive team into a dysfunctional group of individuals, each looking out only for themselves.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201501/the-5-warning-signs-toxic-work-environment?amp

https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/9-unmistakable-signs-your-workplace-is-toxic.html

Establish Good Communication, but Don’t Stop There

A properly functioning digital circulatory system is just as vital to an organization’s survival and ensures that important information gets around to where it needs to go. It works in much the same way that a properly functioning circulatory system is an absolute requirement for human health. 

http://www.thenetworkencyclopedia.com/entry/digital-nervous-system/

Call it drama, call it lost efficiency or call it waste, call it what you will is really the symptom of a much deeper problem. It’s a sure sign that there is poor communication pervading not only your entire company. It is deeply embedded in the company culture.

While people are focusing on the visible indicators of the problem: the drama, the bickering and blaming, the disciplinary actions. No one is thinking about the root of the problem.

Many innovative companies now recognize that the digital revolution of the new millennium has  Not only changed the way people do business. 

Re-define what effective leadership means.

Rethink how (and how often) your leaders should work. The goal should be to prioritize independence and “bottom-up creativity.”

Instead of cutting up and assigning “geographic fiefdoms”, try open-sourcing your campaign strategy or whatever you call your work.

✔️Invite the whole team to brainstorm and participate in problem-solving so that we may all continually improve our processes.

✔️Crowdsource!!! By sharing the work that needs to be accomplished with people outside the team.

✔️Empower cross-departmental collaboration.

✔️Local individuals, groups, and project teams are free to contribute content and organize events they want as long as it is aligned with the organization’s mission and brand message.

✔️Volunteers are plugged in and ready to communicate and work in real time, anywhere.

✔️Provide the tools — and then take a step back.

Now you know what not to do to empower your employees and foster a positive work environment. Learn what management practices you should be avoiding here. You can also learn how to effectively implement technology for mental wellness here.

Co-authored by: Kevin Naruse and Caitlin Adornato

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