Why The Happier Workforce Cohort?
Once upon a time, I was a manager who was super stressed, all the time. I carried my stresses home with me, and they affected how I interacted with people at home AND at work.
I'll never forget how ashamed I felt once, because I spoke abruptly - ok, I yelled - at someone I supervised. All she'd done was interrupt me in a task to ask a question.
My behavior was completely uncalled for.
That launched me on a journey to understand more about - wait for it - happiness.
Yes, happiness. I did not decide to seek out managerial training, or a time management class, or take up yoga (well, I did take up yoga eventually).
I was overwhelmed, stressed, and unhappy. I realized that carrying around so much stress, all the time, had a negative impact on my relationships with people at work and at home.
The more I learned about happiness, the more I learned about:
- Human connection
- Active listening
This was the start of my journey to launch Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation, where we help leaders create happier workplaces, whether in-person, remote, or hybrid.
The more I talk with clients and colleagues - and the more I think about the world we live in - the more I see connections between how we live and how we work. The average American works more hours per week than any other nationality. (Gallup released a study in January 2020.)
Think about it: How we feel affects every part of our lives. So how we feel during the one-third of our day we’re working affects how we’re feeling when we’re not working.
While the reverse is also true, it is often the workplace stressors that seem to keep us up at night - don't you agree?
The stress you feel at work leads you to carry that overwhelm, frustration, and sadness into other parts of your life.
And that’s what your employees are feeling too! The overwhelm leads them to call in sick, to actually be sick, to lose focus, to speak meanly to others... the list goes on. Eventually, they lose touch with what they first loved about their jobs and why they came to work for you.
Why do so many office workers want to continue working remotely, at least part-time, now that the worst of the covid pandemic seems to be over, at least here in most of the U.S.?
Because working in our own homes gives us control over HOW we work, and allows us to choose the best times to work so we can focus.
Think about it: How would the world look if NONE of us carried work stresses home?
As a business owner who employs people, you can play a big role in how people feel about their work - and how much stress they carry around with them.
What if you could institutionalize:
- A sense of purpose that has nothing to do with profit or paycheck;
- Feeling engaged in the work and connected to your colleagues;
- A mindset of growth and resilience; and,
- Opportunities to be kind to others?
These are the keys: PERK - Purpose, Engagement, Resilience, and Kindness - to building a happier workforce, for you as a business owner, your employees, your managers, your clients, your partners - and a happier workforce means a better world.
You may be wondering what the cohort costs.
The truth is: Incorporating PERK will save you money in the long run. You will see higher creativity and productivity, lower rates of turnover and absenteeism, increased commitment to the organization, and increased retention rates… all things that affect your bottom line.
I truly believe that a supportive, happier workforce will have ripple effects throughout our society and our world.
Is this the right fit for you?
If you’re ready to show your employees how much you care -
If you’re ready to learn more about Purpose, Engagement, Resilience, and Kindness -
If you’re open to brainstorming ways to systematize these keys to happiness in your company -
You may be a perfect candidate for The Happier Workforce Cohort.
There's an application process, and accepted applicants will be charged $2,500 to participate in this intensive, six-month cohort, which will meet twice a month from September 2021-March 2022. When you graduate, you will have:
- Learned HOW to talk with your employees about your purpose and theirs.
- Gained a deeper insight into the secrets of employee engagement.
- Explored and implemented ways to foster a growth mindset amongst your staff.
- Begun to actively cultivate a habit of kindness.
- Found resources and peers to continue to foster your growth as a leader concerned with your staff's happiness and overall well-being.
Who is Gina?
Gina believes we spend too much time working to not be happy at work.
A trained mediator certified by the Virginia Supreme Court, Gina also holds a Professional Certificate in the Science of Happiness at Work and is certified in the EQ-i 2.0 assessment, which evaluates emotional intelligence as well as stress management and decision-making skills.
Gina believes in lifelong learning and the power of leaders and managers to positively impact their people and their work culture.