Is your project a happy place?
I hope so.
But can you deliberately raise morale without going all ‘happy-clappy’?
Well, yes you can.
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Lab experiments looked at small, deliberate acts of kindness and generosity. They find people then pay them forward by doing the same for others.
So, Joseph Chancellor, of Cambridge University, and colleagues at The University of California, Riverside tested this in the workplace. Working with Cocal Cola staff, they looked at mood and life satisfaction.
Some of the people in the survey group were set a special task. These ‘givers’ had to perform small acts of kindness to some of the other people in the study; the ‘receivers’. But they avoided doing so for another group in the study; the ‘controls’.
You can start by taking every opportunity you can do small favors and little acts of kindness. Be generous whenever you get the chance. People will notice it, and they will pay it forward.
This will raise the mood of your project. And it will create a resilience buffer against stress, as you start to feel the squeeze of deadlines.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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