Take a look in the mirror – you may well be the rotten apple at your workplace
Camilla Tuominen, along with Veera Lehmonen, CEO of Cuckoo Workout, want to include emotional management in the discussion raging around development of corporate culture.
Today, people are forced to run faster and faster all the time and to work like robots. At the same time, however, they are also expected to be creative and innovative, which is hardly possible with lots of unfinished tasks on their minds. Companies always need new ideas to stay competitive,” says Tuominen of the current situation.
The solution starts with you. It is important to learn to better recognize your own feelings, attitudes, behavior and way of talking, and to pay attention to body language and your own thoughts. Looking in the mirror helps you modify your own behavior, but it also helps you understand and encounter the feelings and behaviors of others. Coming up with new ideas should also take place in an open atmosphere with curiosity – not by judging or putting others down. This creates trust.
Small gestures and showing appreciation to other people are competitive assets for a company. It is important for the employer to be present and to listen, so that employees will feel genuinely appreciated. If you can increase the commitment of 30% of the employees in a company by 30%, total commitment within the company will increase by 9%. What if we tried this before laying people off?” asks Veera Lehmonen.
Cuckoo Workout, a break exercise app, was designed to improve the physical wellbeing of sedentary employees, but also to increase team spirit and to create a new kind of corporate culture. In addition to scoring points for your own break exercise performance, you also get points for taking a cup of coffee to a colleague or inviting them to join you for an exercise break.