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Go Slow @ Work
GO SLOW @ WORK FOR FASTER AND BETTER RESULTS
Asking your employees to slow down at work may not seem cost-efficient at first glance. But dig a little deeper and you’ll be delighted at how it can benefit your company.
Applying the principles of ”going slow” in the workplace actually results in fewer mistakes, less sick days, more creativity, and better productivity, which is ultimately cost-effective for everyone.
Human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity!
GO SLOW: CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE BURNED-OUT SOUL
The fact of the matter remains that in this fast-paced 21st century world, your employees are going to need to move at an equally fast (or faster) pace in order for your company to stay competitive.
This can lead to a host of health problems, from stress to heart attacks:
- Stress is now the number one cause of long-term sickness.
- The 300 largest employers in the United States estimate that absenteeism (unexpected leave or sick leave) costs their business, on average, an estimated $760,000 per year in direct payroll costs.
- Studies show that fast living in combination with long work hours have psychological and behavioral effects. Some of the psychological effects include feelings of tension, anxiety, stress and depression. Behavioral effects include higher alcohol and tobacco use.
- In Japan there is even a name for it “karoshi” – death by overtime.
It is estimated that over a million Americans don’t go to work everyday because of stress – costing the American government approx. 150 billion dollars a year.
- Major depression is the No.1 psychological disorder in the western world.(1) It is growing in all age groups, in virtually every community, and the growth is seen most in the young, especially teens. At the rate of increase, it will be the 2nd most disabling condition in the world by 2020, behind heart disease.
- Over one million people die by suicide every year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide and the National Safety Council rates it sixth in the United States. It is a leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35.
- Workers averaging more than 60 hours per week are at nearly twice the risk for a heart attack.
- The usage of cocaine and amfethamine in the workplace have increased by 70% since 1998.
Fast living goes well with fast food. Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing prevalence in adults and children, and authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.
There is no doubt that the ongoing stress and burnout that this hectic working lifestyle can style can cost more damage to your company than just the direct and indirect costs of illness. Stress and burnout could lead to impaired judgment and decision making on the job, which could lead to various effects from not reaching the full profit potential to some possibly serious liabilities.
On the hand, Watson Wyatt, a global leader that helps organizations improve performance, reports that companies with healthy, happy employees who have a good work-life balance achieve:
- 20% more revenue per employee
- 16.1% higher market value
- 57% higher shareholder returns
With the principles of “Go Slow”, the burned-out employee can rejuvenate, minimize stress and improve productivity simply by slowing down the mind during important times when key tasks and decisions need to be executed.
It is after all no secret that a healthy mindset leads to a healthy lifestyle. And healthy employees help companies save money because they reduce the direct and indirect costs of illness that come from sick leave, medical insurance, health claims, and so on. In fact, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that companies save $3 to $6 for every $1 they invest in wellness. Go figure.
So promoting workers’ well-being isn’t just ethical; it makes economic sense.
The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! The need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal. Professor Guttorm Fløistad
WHY GO SLOW?
While it is true that there are many business books and courses out there that teach productivity tools and leadership skills, few will actually teach your employees to find the source of rejuvenation that they so desperately need to sustain their productivity and happiness!
Why? Because it is simply impossible to change while running! In order for us to become more mindful at work and apply all the tools we are often already offered we must first learn to slow down, land in the moment and open up our minds for a change.
The advantage of the principles of Go Slow is that it helps your employees learn how to become more productive and find their source of rejuvenation… both at work and at home.
Ambitious people who learn to go slow at work:
- improve their listening and communication skills during key moments that build better relationships with co-workers, partners and clients.
- become more observant and perceptive for improved analytical abilities.
- know how to slow down and become less impulsive to make better decisions.
- keep the mind fresh for creative ideas and out-of-the-box problem solving.
- become better leaders that are receptive, conscious and present in day-to-day duties.
- become visionary in their purpose and their work contribution towards the company’s healthy growth.
Your employees will also be able to apply the same Go Slow principles from work to their life at home and become:
- more present and engaged parents
- less stressed
- more able to effectively juggle their home lives and career without feelings of guilt, stress, overwhelm or burnout.
- happier in their relationships with their spouse, children, family and friends, which become a positive and contagious energy at the office.
GO SLOW @ WORK SOLUTION
We would love the opportunity to hook up with you in order to discuss how you and your company can benefit from the “Go Slow” concept. Please get in touch!