Most workplace problems are relational problems, and are at the root of staff morale issues, absenteeism, and low productivity. Despite the myriad of ways that organizations train staff in relationship skills, they don’t address the deeper dynamics at the root of these workplace dilemmas.
No matter how you choose to structure your company or organization, there will be a different structure that evolves out of how people relate to each other. The people who end up being psychological leaders in an organization may not be the designated leaders, and may not in fact be working ‘with’ the designated leader’s direction. This is not out of bad or even conscious intention. Every workplace relationship is a two-way relationship of influence, where each are having an equal impact on the other, no matter what the apparent power structure. How the organization adjusts to these dynamics determines its underlying structure.
Most of us want to feel passionate about our work, because we recognize how much time and energy we will spend in the workplace. In fact, the amount of time spent in close contact with a fellow worker or workers can be more than many spend with those at home. However, as personal investment in the workplace increases, so does vulnerability, because when something is important we feel vulnerable. This can happen when the ‘cause’ we are working for is important, it can happen because the people we work with become important, and it can happen just because of the amount of time we end up spending at the workplace, as routine integrates more deeply into our lives.
As vulnerability increases, so do organizational/relational problems, because we don’t know how to handle our own vulnerability. We feel vulnerable, and react to our own vulnerability in predictable ways, by hiding, pretending, strategizing and defending. These strategies end up creating the problematic dynamics that undermine an organizations overt power structure and goals.
Clearmind offers a new perspective on how to address vulnerability in the workplace in an emotionally responsible way. People and organizations thrive in a positive, honest, supportive atmosphere.