Jun 1, 2007

Intentionally Mixing Love and Work

Close relationships, which provide support and understanding, are important in all aspects of life. For instance, people with few close connections encounter more anxiety, stress, and health problems. In fact, people with fewer close relationships have shorter life spans and report a lower quality of life.

Being close to someone else, however, does not guarantee benefits. It is not only important to have a close relationship, but the right type of relationship as well - relationships where people feel cared for, understood, and supported.

As such, it should come as no surprise that a growing number of companies are beginning to realize that personal issues impact productivity at work. An article in the Wall Street Journal highlights how companies are beginning to offer workshops and courses to help people manage their personal relationships away from work. People with quality relationships outside of work, make better employees at work.

To me, such an approach makes a lot of sense. I seem to spend a lot of time at work listening to my colleagues complain about their personal problems, rather than work related issues. Trying to separate the two doesn't always seem to work. So, perhaps providing some type of support for people with relationship problems is the right thing for employees to do.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a Supervisor I say, right on! I spend a certain amount of time (mental health clinic) offering support and listening to personal issues. We call them interpersonal skills and they are an essential part of the work setting. I have a very happy team of people, as much as possible in a dynamic field, and it is worth the extra energy to get the productivity and group contentment.