Contribute to the Overall Emotional Health of Your Workplace

3 min

Make your workplace a safe space for emotions. 

Here are some ways to contribute to a healthy emotional environment at work:

Talk about your emotions

Support a culture of more open communication about emotions by sharing your emotions when you feel it's appropriate. Sometimes it only takes one person to break the ice. For example, during a meeting about a new project, share how excited you are about the possibilities of success and progress. 

Make work a judgment-free zone for emotions

Sometimes asking a coworker if everything is okay can make things worse. If someone trusts you enough to share how they feel, give them the same compassion you would want and be curious rather than judgmental. For example, ask your coworker what usually happens right before they get stressed about taking on a new project. 

Prioritize your health

Your own emotions will likely impact the team. By prioritizing your own emotions and working through regulating them for a healthy work and life, you can contribute to a better environment for everyone. 

Let's practice.

You’ve noticed that your coworker who is normally upbeat has been irritable lately, but you don’t want them to feel bad about changing the vibe on the team. They have come to you to share how they feel. What can you do to contribute to a healthy work environment?

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What can you do to contribute to a healthy work environment?

Share how they make you feel.
Avoid the coworker altogether.
Ask your coworker questions about the emotion.
Let them know it will pass.

The answer is C. 

Creating a judgment-free zone for emotions means asking questions to better understand. An emotionally thriving workplace or team doesn’t shame people for having emotions.

For next time: 

If you see a coworker who is visibly upset or communicates their feelings to you, support them when you can. Thrive emotionally... together.

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