The world would be a better place with more empathy.
Empathy is the ability to understand other people’s emotions and what they’re thinking or feeling. Empathy helps us better connect with those around us.
However, with the rise of cyberbullying, the divisiveness in our current political climate, and increasing tensions in the global environment – it seems empathy, in general, has been in a decline.
One place where we can start to bring empathy back is in the workplace.
While the office can often be a competitive environment where everyone is working hard to advance their own careers, there is still room for empathy. In fact, bringing empathy to the workplace is essential to employee health as the stress and anxiety associated with a job can take a mental and emotional toll. According to The American Institute of Stress, an estimated one million workers miss work every day because of reasons related to stress.
The daily pressures of a job can be damaging to you and your coworkers’ mental health, but through a variety of simple actions you can be more empathetic and help improve the overall culture of your office.
GetCRM has put together a visual that shares ways to show empathy at work, such as:
- Refraining from multitasking while interacting with colleagues, and focusing your attention on them.
- Smiling more often and being aware of the non-verbal cues you’re presenting.
- Asking for another’s opinion and listening intently to what they have to say.
- Using your colleagues’ names more often.
- And more.
Improving empathy in the workplace will make for a safer and healthier work environment for everyone. You can start the trend by working on boosting your own empathic tendencies.
Check out the infographic below to learn more.
Infographic provided by GetCRM
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