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Our Vision of Work Can Be

joy at work leadership Feb 18, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

The first time we created Joy at Work on a team (a huge group of 250 people located all over the country), everyone asked us how we did it…

Was it more…

• Team lunches?
• Ice cream socials?
• Scavenger hunts?
• Roleplay simulations?
• Game competitions?
• Office spa days?
• Juggling lessons?

No!!

Those were indications of Joy at Work that you might have seen if you visited us, but they happened because the team made them happen.

As leaders, we worked every day to build trust, belonging, cohesion, commitment, accountability, adaptability and respect on the team. We also demonstrated integrity and growth and encouraged that in others.

Little by little the team trusted us to give them the space and protection to be inspired, to be themselves, to help each other, to be creative, to take risks and to relentlessly solve hard problems every day.

It was awesome. We want this for everyone. It’s our vision of what work...

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Why Belonging is Important for Joy

joy at work Feb 18, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Why is belonging an important contributor to joy in the workplace?
When people are willing to belong there is greater potential for integration of unique talents among team members to solve problems. When people feel valued by their organization they are encouraged to participate and expand their contribution.

What are signs that belonging is working well for a company?
* Holding space for others to gather thoughts and share ideas; people stating back what was heard to confirm they heard others correctly; encouragement of others to participate; open sharing of ideas.
* Seeking input from individuals that demonstrates an accurate understanding of that person’s unique capabilities and contribution that can applied to solve the problem at hand.
* Specific acknowledgement of a colleague’s work, capabilities and contribution and the value of that to the group or mission of the company.

What are signs that belonging isn’t working well for a...

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How Do I Know I Belong?

joy at work joy research Feb 15, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

How do my work colleagues, leaders and company tell me I belong?

* When there’s specific acknowledgment of my work, capabilities and contributions by others
* When I’m included in work projects and conversations that are specific to my unique capabilities and contribution
* When I’m given roles, jobs, work assignments, titles and/or promotions that are considered valuable to the group and are specific to my unique capabilities and contribution
* When my work results are integrated in the culture in ways that are considered valuable to the group
* When I receive requests for my input that are specific to my unique capabilities and contribution

Joy at Work Indicator: Belonging

“My unique capabilities and contributions have value here. I know that because I can see for myself how my capabilities and contributions have value in delivering the organization’s purpose and others communicate my value back to me.”

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Joy at Work Involves Everyone

joy at work Feb 10, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Joy at Work involves everyone!

Thoughts to reflect on...

My joy: How do I feel at work? What joy am I bringing to work?

Our joy: How do my relationships feel with others? How am I contributing joy to those relationships?

Team joy: How does it feel to be part of the team? How am I contributing to the team’s joy?

Company joy: How does it feel to be part of the company? How am I contributing to the company’s joy overall?

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Willingness to Belong

joy at work Feb 06, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Willingness to belong is one of the emerging dimensions of Joy at Work…

“I am willing to belong because I am seen, heard and understood in a way that I perceive as positive. My unique capabilities and contributions have value here. I know that because I can see for myself how my capabilities and contributions have value in delivering the organization’s purpose and others communicate my value back to me.”

You help your colleagues feel like they belong when you…

* Hold space for them to gather thoughts and share ideas; stating back what you heard after they speak to confirm you heard them correctly; encourage them to participate.

* Seek specific input from them that demonstrates an accurate understanding of their unique capabilities and how their contribution can be applied to solve the problem at hand.

* Specifically acknowledge a colleague’s work, capabilities and contribution and how valuable it is to the group or...

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How to Be Adaptable and Keep Your Strong Point of View

joy at work joy research Feb 03, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

The trick to adaptability is to have a strong point of view based on your experience and expertise yet hold a state of openness to take in and lightly evaluate new information, to see how your perspective changes and see if there’s any utility in that shift to the problem at hand.

When people struggle to adapt it’s often because the new information is in conflict with their personal values or outside their life’s experience. When you find yourself in this situation, it’s useful to explore what’s behind your struggle.

It’s okay to have a strong point of view. In fact, your employer may have hired you specifically for that point of view! Adaptability means you’re willing to learn and evolve or expand your thinking as a result. It means you are willing to accept that some situations require a different way of doing things.

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Joy Research Quotes

joy at work joy research Feb 02, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Some quotes from recent Joy Research interviews…

“Talent is the whole game.”

“The definition of a great place to work has evolved over the last year.”

“We spend so much of our lives at work, the standards for who you work for ought to be very high.”

“People are evaluating their lives and where work fits in it. What is its proper place?”

“The silly and small things we do for people here matter because they are super personal. It’s hard to show the results of that in a formal way and it’s hard to describe, but it matters so we do it anyway.”

“People are messy and that’s beautiful.”

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Are You a Change Influencer?

change Jan 28, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Are you an early adopter at work? Changing to something new while the folks around you haven’t changed yet takes courage.

Are you an influencer at work? Changing influences people around you to change too.

Are you slow to adopt changes at work? If you’ve been burned in the past, that’s understandable.

No matter who you are, you have an impact on your colleagues. You’re important. You matter. Your impact definitely matters to how well any change goes and how you and others experience it. What kind of impact do you want to have? How can you contribute Joy at Work through your impact?

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Spreading Joy Can Help You Feel Joy Yourself

joy at work Jan 25, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Spreading joy can help you feel joy yourself.

You may feel frustrated by your work.
You may feel frustrated by your colleagues.
You can also let that go temporarily and just imagine you love your work and enjoy working with your colleagues.
With that in mind, what could you do that would bring your colleagues joy? Something as simple as keeping your commitments to them may be all it takes!

You have an impact on others. You can choose the impact you want to have. You can choose joy.

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Change is a Learning Process

change leadership Jan 22, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

It’s not usually WHAT you want to change that upsets people, it’s HOW they feel they (and others) are treated in the process that is most upsetting. The best you can do is be intentional about how you want it to feel and decide what must be true for that to happen. Then doing what’s reasonable. A structure to act and learn your way forward gets you there. This is empathy in action and can increase Joy at Work in the process.

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