Carmeli, Abraham, Jane E. Dutton and Ashley E. Hardin. Respect as an Engine for New Ideas: Linking Respectful Engagement, Relational Information Processing and Creativity Among Employees and Teams, Human Relations, Jan 2015.
The authors propose that relational engagement and relational information processing is linked to creativity. Abraham Carmeli, Jane Dutton and Ashley Hardin say respect is vital to foster mutuality. In addition they add that reflection in-conversation- is an enabler of creativity as this leads to additional ideas. In describing their research instrument for testing Respectful Engagement at Work the authors clearly describe how to do respect. From reading their research study, respect in the workplace to me means:
Always be available to hear out and listen to each other
Pay the utmost attention to each other’s needs
Express genuine interest in each other’s position and the units they are managing and responsible for
Recognize and understand what goes into each other’s work
Emphasize each other’s good sides
Express appreciation and respect for each other’s contribution to the organization
Appreciate how valuable other members’ time is
Make requests, not demands from each other
Speak to each other in a respectful rather than in a demanding way
Most of us are grateful for such detailed explanations. Others would probably argue that it is just plain good manners. But this song by Aretha Franklin also helps to spell out the details of respect a bit more too.
This is part two of the poll for you to learn about the physical signs of stress and see how you compare with others. Part one looked at Skin, Heart, Muscles and Mental Health. We can thank the HSE site for providing details of the physical signs of stress at work.
This time in this poll we will look at metabolism, Digestive system and gut, the reproductive system and the immune system.
Digestive system and gut
I was surprised to this one from the HSE too but here is for you to compare in the poll.
This week I’m performing my duties as a verifier for London Healthy Workplace Charter organised by Public Health England and Mayor of London’s office at City Hall. This is a really worthwhile event for any business owner, manager or workplace health champion to take part in developing good practice. Through this scheme organisations and institutes receive positive support and learning about how best to make their workplaces more healthy. There are three levels of attainment available which include:
Showing commitment to healthy workplace
Showing achievement in healthy workplace practices
Showing excellence in healthy workplace
Within the London Healthy Workplace charter process we look holistically at each company/ organisation or institute especially at eight areas. This means that applicants to the charter award must show there is a supportive leadership, culture and communications around:
Problematic use of alcohol and other substances
Mental health and well-being
Health and safety
Corporate support for well-being
It is free to achieve and you might just need the funds for an external consultant to help you put your evidence together. But anyone that is interested in workplace well-being should try and gain the London Healthy Workplace Charter for their organisation.
If you have a question about getting help with the London Healthy Workplace Charter please get in contact.
This infinity scarf I made helps me tell the story that I’m using the study below as a base to look at positive psychology and corporate dress especially the function of a women’s favourite boardroom jackets.
Follow if you work for an organisation whose cultural values insist on “The Corporate Look” and you want to take part in the on-line survey which is coming soon!
Rewarding staff for not being absent is one new method of managing absenteeism. It is an example that Dame Sally Coates was said to preside over recently acording to a newspaper article. In her role as head teacher she thanked teachers who didn’t take days off sick with bottles of wine, chocolates and book tokens.
Nicola Woolcock Education Correspondent of The Times on February 9 2015 reports on how Sally Coates used this mode of tackling absenteeism which managed to save the school over £150,000 in costs of finding supply teachers.You can read the article
People tend to criticise this method as bribery. Some say that if you’re ill, you’re ill. Some say it is unfair because if you really are ill you wont even achieve the getting chocolates or other reward state.
My take on it is that we need to understand the context of the wine and chocolate giving. If Sally provided wine and chocolate as part of a considerate management style I think her novel methods are one of the ways forward.