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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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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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Debate Can be Enriching and Energizing

joy at work Jan 20, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

When you're surprised to learn that your colleague thinks very differently than you, that’s a good time to get curious.

“I wonder why they feel that way? I wonder what life experiences brought them to that point of view?”

You won’t know the answer because you’re not them but it’s the right mindset for exploring and expanding your perspective.

Differences in opinion stemming from a wide set of life experiences among you can be a good thing at work. Often, what appears to be an impasse, upon deeper discussion can reveal that in some ways you’re not that far apart. You may use different words and place emphasis on different points but the essence of what you value is likely very similar, if not the same.

Debate can be enriching, energizing and lead to unexpected innovations if people are kept safe in the process, meaning, they don’t hurt themselves, each other or those that are not present in the debate. You...

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The Art of Joy at Work

joy at work Jan 17, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Inside the first few weeks of the year, we’ve noticed a theme: People having trouble getting back into their work.

If this is you, here are a few thought experiments to try!

What if you imagined your workday as a story? How would you like your story to start? What would it be like in the middle and how would you end your story for the day? Who would be in the story with you and what kind of relationship would you have with them? It’s your story. Write it for you!

What if you reimagined your work as art? After you create a beautiful spreadsheet, proposal, brief, agenda, report summary, etc., step back and marvel at it as if it’s framed and up on the wall. You made that! (You are quite talented.)

For those parts of your work you dislike, here’s a really useful question to ask: How can I make the thing I don’t like to do, fun for me? Just asking the question can jolt you out of your work...

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Nurturing Trust at Work

joy at work Jan 14, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

We (The Change Decision) often talk about trust at work in terms of risk. How risky is it for me to trust my boss? My colleagues? My company? My team?

Joy at Work is present when I don’t have to think about that and just focus on the work. When my attention doesn’t have to weigh all of that. Just enjoy working with my boss, with my team, for my company.

Some people grant a lot of trust right from the start and tolerate a lot of breaches, but once trust is broken, it’s hard to get it back with them.

Others are slow to trust. They want to see consistency in words and actions for a while before they’ll grant trust.

Some will be hard to read because they feel they need to have a façade of trust while being cautious in their trusting actions.

It depends on their life’s experience and how much they believe they have at risk.

How do you nurture trust at work?

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Joy at Work in Action

joy at work Jan 05, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

When we do work we enjoy that contributes toward a shared goal, we feel joy at work.

When we give selflessly to colleagues, when we work hard with others that are seeking the same goal, when we believe the goal is worth going after, when we trust each other, we feel joy at work.

When we overcome a setback, when we forget blame and focus all attention on the solution, when we try something with the confidence we’ll recover if it doesn’t work, we feel joy at work.

When we sometimes pause and celebrate, when we recognize our colleagues, when we see our progress, we feel joy at work.

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The 2020 Word Was Freedom

change joy at work Jan 01, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

In January 2020, I chose a word for the year: Freedom. That choice was about freedom from self-doubt, freedom from the noise in my head and the freedom to choose from more options resulting from the first two. When I think back on that now, I can hear the wish to go back in time. I also think, “how quaint.”

About ten years ago, I experienced freedom from the constant, internal dialogue. I had some life-changing experiences that caused me to question everything I thought I knew about myself and the world. My reaction was to just sit with what was happening and try to learn from it. I adopted a “follow-your-nose” philosophy, which translated meant I was letting the universe speak to me and then responding with what seemed to make sense at the time. I was certainly intentional about the life I wanted to live, but my previous “force-of-will” approach to make my carefully chosen goals happen was no longer my mode of...

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