Bad is stronger than good
Mental health problems are on the rise in our workplaces so building personal and team resilience is welcomed across all sectors.
Back in 2001 Roy Baumeister first published his research which highlighted that that bad emotions, bad parents, and bad feedback have more impact than good ones, and bad information is processed more thoroughly than good. It detailed that typically we are more motivated to avoid bad self-definitions than to pursue good ones. Bad impressions and bad stereotypes are quicker to form and more resistant to disconfirmation than good ones. So how can we help our employees to look for greatness in themselves and others:
1. Ask colleagues to share their strengths with their team and line managers
2. Celebrate success and reward positive actions
3. Support a local charity and help colleagues show gratitude for what they have
4. Look at your language, do you discuss what is going well or focus on where things are going wrong
If we make good stronger than bad ,we will be able to improve resilience, mental health and team performance at work and at home.
For more information on campaigns to improve mental health, then ring the team on 01924 666295