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Mindful : December 2014
December 2014 mindful 59 5 Practices for Creating a Balanced Workplace Train your mind The basis for healthy emotions in the workplace is self-awareness and self-regulation, and there is no better way to cultivate these talents than with regular mindfulness meditation. Often we want our colleagues to behave better at work, but by training our minds with meditation, we take a vital step toward promoting health and well-being by first offering it to others. Make friends with conflict Work, by its ver y nature, is often messy, unruly, and problematic. But such seeming chaos does not require panic or unneeded resistance. In fact, maybe what appears to be messy at work is the ver y invitation we have been looking for in order to lend a hand. Learn to be gra- ciously curious about workplace conflict rather than offended by it. Learn the art of feedback By learning how to skillfully solicit, receive, and offer feedback, we equip ourselves with critical tools for managing emotions in the workplace. Regularly asking for advice fosters a socially intelligent work atmosphere. And respectfully offering suggestions to others can build trust and collegiality. Show appreciation There is so much we take for granted at work, from having a reliable email system to receiving an accurate paycheck to getting quick follow-ups from our vendors. Show appreciation at work by regularly exploring what works well, mar veling at what is remark- able, and just plain saying “thank you.” Model respect and trust Trust is the basic currency of healthy workplaces and respect is how we earn it. Offering respect to others—especially in the midst of conflict and difficulties—is how we build much needed political capital at work, fostering a fabric of mutual trust that can endure through success as well as failure. 1 2 3 4 5 Work can be messy, unruly, chaotic— with emotions flying all over the place. That also makes it a perfect training ground for emotional intelligence.