Values are shifting. Workplace trends such as the “Great resignation” or more recently, the rise of “Quiet quitting” on TikTok, where workers are setting work-life boundaries to combat stress. Employee well-being and mental health are becoming critical in shaping the new world of work.
The speed and frequency of change can easily take a toll on one’s mental health and wellbeing.
For one, change can cause anxiety, uncertainty, and make our stakeholders feel unsafe. On top of which we have a rising overwork and “always-on” culture, leading to increased burnout. Coupled with the impact of the pandemic i.e. remote working which easily blurs the lines separating personal life and work, reduced human contact, and economic.
Prior to the pandemic, work-life balance and mental health had been on the discussion table. However, with the whirlwind of change we’ve experienced (pandemic, technological, DEI issues etc.) and continue to experience, there is an increased focus and priority on mental health.
Managers are having pivot their leadership approach to be supportive and lead with empathy of their teams. How we lead change also has to take into account the new realities of the workplace.
In this change conversation with Samantha Fowlds, we explore a few ways we can foster positive leadership with the energy we bring:
Leading change effectively and supporting our stakeholders starts with self-leadership. The energy we bring, affects the energy our teams and stakeholders receive.
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Yvonne is a Change Management Strategist, Catalyst and Change Leadership Advocate who is passionate about working with professionals and organizations to help them to successfully lead change. You can learn more about Yvonne at: www.yvonnerukeakpoveta.com, and also connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.