More than 90% of workers seek employers who care for their well-being. By forcing everyone back to the office five days a week, some organizations send a signal that they don’t care.
On the other hand, by being so clear, it is much easier to turn these employers down directly. Muddy communication is worse since it can easily create false expectations.
Caring doesn’t mean that one can accommodate every whim and wish from everyone, all the time. It’s more about listening, involving, and respecting differences and always aiming for a win/win solution. It’s about defining the company values and the culture you want to have.
1. Explain your goal and your purpose, for instance on how you view flexible work
2. listen with the intent to understand
3. Communicate clearly what you can or cannot do, will or won’t do, accept and don’t accept
4. Show that you care and respect people even if you disagree. Try to find common ground.
5. Implement changes.
6. Follow up and communicate progress
7. Handle people who refuse to follow
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Team Antoni Explains
In today’s dynamic work environment, the composition of a team can often be a mix of diverse individuals with unique needs and preferences. Acknowledging and addressing these differences is crucial for maintaining a harmonious workplace, especially in the context of evolving attitudes towards flexible work arrangements.
Understanding the Importance of Well-being:
Over 90% of employees actively seek employers who prioritize their well-being. A rigid insistence on a five-day office workweek can inadvertently signal a lack of concern for employees’ needs. Recognizing the significance of well-being lays the foundation for fostering a positive work environment.
Clear Communication as a Cornerstone:
Clarity in communication is paramount. Ambiguity can lead to misunderstandings and false expectations. Clearly articulating the company’s stance on flexible work, outlining goals, and expressing a commitment to values and culture provide a transparent framework for employees.
Balancing Accommodation and Realism:
While caring for employees is crucial, it doesn’t imply an ability to fulfill every wish. It involves listening actively, understanding needs, and clearly defining what the organization can realistically provide. This sets the stage for a more realistic and sustainable relationship with the team.
Respectful Disagreement and Finding Common Ground:
Caring and respect extend to situations where disagreements arise. Demonstrating empathy and attempting to find common ground, even when opinions differ, contributes to a culture of understanding and collaboration.
Implementing Meaningful Changes:
Actions speak louder than words. Implementing changes that align with the company’s stated values and goals reinforces the commitment to employee well-being. This could involve introducing flexible work policies, providing additional support, or fostering a more inclusive culture.
Consistent Follow-Up and Progress Communication:
Effective change management involves consistent follow-up. Regularly communicating progress on implemented changes, addressing concerns, and remaining open to feedback ensures that the team feels heard and valued.
Addressing Resistance with Empathy:
Some individuals may resist change. Handling such situations with empathy, understanding the root of the resistance, and providing clear communication about the benefits of the changes can help alleviate concerns and encourage compliance.
Creating a harmonious work environment involves a multifaceted approach that combines clear communication, empathy, and a commitment to well-being.
By following these steps, organizations can navigate the complexities of a mismatched team and foster a culture of mutual respect and understanding.