Overworked and disillusioned? Depressed and sick of the rat race? Are your co-workers eyeing the clock as the end of the day approached? Do you hear constant chatter of quitting for pastures new? We all know what a poor company workplace looks, feels and sounds like.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Employees who are satisfied will work harder and be more efficient – and they’re also much more likely to stay put. In turn, companies will profit from higher productivity and lower turnover.
This is where compassion comes in. Businesses can be places where genuine camaraderie thrives; they can be workplaces where “solidarity” and “empathy” are not foreign concepts, but rather a key part of the business dynamic.
Compassion comes from a Latin word which means ‘co-suffering.’ Practicing and expressing compassion have always secured a firm place in almost all religious practices.
Dalai Lama, one of the most respectable Buddhist preachers, stated that individual acts of compassion and kindness have the power to spread harmony in the entire world.
Compassionate workplaces are the best workplaces. Mention compassion to some leaders, and they recoil, visualizing a slide into poor productivity, lower performance and organisational entropy. The reality is quite different. Compassion isn’t a fluffy soft skill but courageous action that powerfully impacts organisations.
The best way to develop a high-performance business for the long haul is to develop a caring, high-trust, relationship-centric culture. These cultures nurture a sense of purpose, of connection, and of compassion, where the business results we can measure are not the first priority of the business, but rather a consequence enjoyed when leaders and teams practice the primary goal of building a caring community every day.
In sum, compassionate workplaces are a win-win for everyone involved. Employees who work within them benefit by feeling more connected, less stressed, and freer to be their authentic selves. Companies benefit through greater productivity, enhanced problem-solving, better collaboration, and increased performance.