Your Job Shouldn’t Be Isolating
Tim was interviewed for an episode on WNYC's "Money Talking" program
1. Walking meetings. By adding an element of uncertainty to something like a meeting, Leberecht says that employees tend to be more likely open up. At one firm he worked with, Leberecht says they would attach a route with each meeting schedule, so it became a part of the culture.
2. Surprises. Leberecht encourages being your authentic self at work. One way to tap into that authenticity is by inserting something unexpected into a workplace. Etsy, for example, has a group called The Ministry (of Unusual Business) created specifically to shake things up. “It can mean that you meet in a different meeting space, or you do a meeting without an agenda,” he says. “It’s these small rituals, seemingly mundane rituals…that create surprise and that create more intimacy in the process.”
3. Stepping outside your comfort zone. Leberecht co-founded the 15 Toasts series — a twist on the traditional business dinner. Instead of formal introductions, each guest gives a toast on a predetermined theme. The last person to go has to sing their toast. “We had CEOs cry, we had leaders of nonprofit organizations share wonderful stories. And the next morning when these people meet again, the way that they interact is very, very different,” he says. “They hug each other”
Leberecht admits that every additional program or attempt to form a connection should be optional — if an employee is having a bad day, they might not be in the mood to form connections with their coworkers. But he maintains that ultimately, a business is better off trying to engage its employees in meaningful, unquantifiable ways.
This post first appeared on WNYC Money Talking.