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5 Ways to Integrate Spirituality Into The Workplace

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Work is where people spend much of their time. Yet our spirituality can get shut down in the act of making a living but selling our soul. When it’s a job rather than a vocation, our personal impact declines. So how can you reverse this trend?

Here are 5 ways to invite spirituality back into your work life:

1. Start by connecting with your values

Many people search for a job that is high paying with great perks. Instead, find a place of employment focused on core values consistent with your own. Pay close attention to what companies stand for.

Take a look at websites and annual reports. Examine mission, vision and core values statements. Are the company’s actions in keeping with those statements? If you can, speak with others involved with the organization to get their feedback too.

If you’re an entrepreneur, you are in the unique position to set the tone for yourself. Make your own values an essential part of the package of products or services you deliver. Never sacrifice your own values in favor of money. That’s a huge risk to your business and an even greater one to yourself.

 

2. Be the example

The draining influences of workplace stress, conflict and overload seem to be everywhere nowadays. Unfortunately, that can spill over to your personal life as well. Illness, family issues, money problems or death can enter your life. Coping in the workplace then becomes more difficult. That’s true for everyone.

What can you do to ease the burden for others? Begin by choosing your words and making them count. That means your words reflect your actions. Admit when you are wrong. Celebrate the accomplishments of others. Stay away from water cooler gossip.

Tackle the sapping surroundings by raising the bar. Take the lead on encouraging cohesiveness. Propose more communications between ownership, management, staff and departments. Bring up the idea of a weekly update to keep everyone connected. Consider work from home arrangements. Or start a process improvement program to address problems and opportunities.

Watch for your cues. In a troubled workplace, you will have ample opportunity to stand out. Understand you are there for a reason and make it count. Your example can spread like wildfire and enliven the culture.

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  

3. Figure out what’s important to your coworkers

Take an active role by getting in tune with what’s important to those around you. That could involve a workplace issue or something happening in their personal life. Keep the inspiration of others fueled and they will often return the favor.

How can you help? Just listening is usually a good start. When you show you are a true listener, others will be more inclined to open up to you. Make time even when you don’t seem to have it. Don’t be judgemental. Be ready to share your own experiences too.  

Pick up an extra task when a coworker is off sick or out on vacation. Try to keep things light and share a laugh or two. If you see someone skipping a break, pick them up a snack. There will be days when you are dangling. That’s when workplace spirituality can kick in to help you too.

 

4. Take a gifts inventory and take action

Part of spirituality is recognizing the gifts and goodness each one of us possesses. Once you  have gone that extra mile don’t just discard the information. What have you learned? Write it down and put this knowledge to work.

Are you a manager or entrepreneur? Tapping the creative capacity of your employees should be an important goal. That’s a key reason workers feel appreciated. It’s also why businesses thrive. Don’t fail to realize this potential.

Permit low cost experiments. Make plenty of small risk, high reward investments. Spirituality calls for tapping hidden talents to bring out the best in people.

From CEO to secretary, make sure everyone understands the big picture. Engage them in the strategic planning process. Ask employees how their gifts could help achieve crystal clear outcomes. Then let the entrepreneurs do meaningful work. That’s called Success 101.

“There is no limit to the amount of good a person can do if they don’t care who gets the credit.” – Unknown

5. Create a work environment that fosters spirituality

There are two types of individuals. One divides people; the other bonds them. Aspire to be the latter. Shared purpose results in an enriched life experience.

Take the pulse of your organization using a work climate survey. This is a questionnaire that can help assess work life, what’s important to employees and working conditions. As an entrepreneur, ensure that your values are still relevant. As a manager, be certain your values are being embraced.

Spirituality can only manifest itself under the right conditions. Be the type of person who takes the responsibility to create an environment that fosters it.  

We are all called to do and be more. So forget about having to go undercover to discover. Invite spirituality into the workplace to cultivate purpose. Then enjoy the fruits of multiplying good!

What steps will you take to bring spirituality into your workplace? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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