October is World Mental Health Month, and at Leadworkz we believe that addressing mental health issues isn't just about relegating it to a professional or trained individual, but a role everyone can and should take up.
Previously, we’ve talked about Compassionate Leadership and its importance in our workplace, as well as the benefits we stand to gain for building a compassionate culture in the office. Missed them? Don’t worry, you can catch up on our previous articles on Compassionate Leadership by clicking here (Part 1, Part 2).
Now, some of you may be wondering: “How can we leaders build a compassionate culture in our workplace?”
Let’s find out together!
A Recap on Compassionate Leadership, Its Importance and Benefits
As a recap, here are some reasons why we have to consider a Compassionate Leadership culture in the workplace:
Reduces employee burnout,
Improves employee retention,
Increases productivity and growth, as well as
Creates a positive brand image.
In turn, when we invest into building a compassionate leadership culture in our workplace, the benefits everyone stands to gain include:
The cultivation of growth mindsets,
The creation of nurturing environments,
Improved well being among our employees,
Better employee retention rates, and
Improved talent attraction.
The Basics of Building a Compassionate Culture in Our Workplace
So, how do we build a compassionate culture in our workplace?
Here are some actions we leaders and business owners can take:
1) Open Communication
One of the keys to compassionate leadership culture in the workplace is via open communication.
For example, we can encourage our people to share their concerns, struggles and successes while also not judging them for what they share.
When we leaders are open to communicating with our employees, it shows that we care for our people’s wellbeing.
Our people are also more comfortable knowing they can share their experiences, opinions and concerns without the fear of being judged by others.
2) Recognition and Appreciation
People reinforce and practice good behavior more frequently when they are praised and recognized for it.
As leaders, we can acknowledge and reward compassionate behavior from our people in the workplace.
That way, our employees are motivated to be compassionate toward others at work.
It also helps us reinforce the value of compassion in our workplaces.
3) Leading by Example
The most important task we leaders need to accomplish in our endeavors to build a compassionate culture in the workplace is to lead by example.
When our employees witness us demonstrating compassionate behavior to others in the workplace, they are inspired to also do so.
After all, it shows that we practice what we preach instead of merely talking about it and not taking action.
Building a compassionate leadership culture in the workplace can lead to numerous benefits, both for you, your people and your organization as a whole. So what are you waiting for? Start building a compassionate culture in your workplace today!