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Cultural change: Employees no longer accept the "take it or leave" attitude

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John Shumway

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Started as a trickle before the pandemic, things have changed since then.

“They call the toll on our mental health the second act of the pandemic.”

This is from Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness, who has worked with 15,000 managers in more than 200 countries around the world while shattering old norms.

“We check our emotions at the door when we come to work,” she said. “Now employers can no longer afford to do that.”

She said she wants her employees to be seen as holistic people.

“A Monster Intelligence study found that 91% of young employees want to talk to their boss about their mental health,” explains Putnam.

They also want to see another side of their manager.

“The problem is that more than half of employees are afraid to talk to their bosses about their mental health,” she said. “When I show vulnerability, I feel like I show vulnerability to my boss.”

Putnam says employees who struggle with things like anxiety are often the best performing employees.

Therefore, making these changes is critical to creating a safe mental health environment where employees who join the company don’t feel like they have a burden on their shoulders.

“No amount of yoga or deep breathing or mindfulness, as you characterize it, can withstand the weight of toxicity and having to do three jobs,” Putnam said.

These are the buzzwords employees are using to explain why they were kicked out of their jobs. Toxicity and overwork.

Now is the time for employers to change the atmosphere, including removing the “take it or leave” attitude.

Employers now need to be flexible and pay attention to how their employees feel at work.

It all starts at the top, replacing the word “boss” with “team leader”.

“You are the chief architect when it comes to culture within the team,” Putnam explains.

Teams are important. Because now employees want to feel part of something beyond themselves and their managers. Ignoring culture comes at a price.

“The Gallup study found that the top five causes of burnout at work have nothing to do with individuals, they all have to do with culture itself,” Putnam said. . “These managers need to do more now to appreciate their team members for not just what they do, but for who they are as human beings.”

Rather than looking at what’s wrong with employees, Putnam says, we should look at workplace issues that cause them.

“It’s like work overload,” she explained.

To do that, she said, team leaders need to make personal connections.

“Every week, I reach out to each team member and ask simple questions like, ‘What are you working on and how can I help?’”

Simply put, treat your team members as people, not just what they do.

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