Cheerleading in the Workplace


Are you happy at work?  Do you feel motivated, challenged, appreciated?  If you answered yes, you probably have a manager who is is a bit of a cheerleader.

There has been much written on the subject of management and leadership, but as with any area that has been studied to death, some pretty basic principles can get lost in the latest theories.  I was reminded of one recently that I truly believe makes a difference in how you feel at work, cheerleading.  I go to a fitness facility on the North Shore in Auckland called the Millennium Institute of Health and Fitness.  It is one of only two centres in NZ where the countries best athletes train (I’m NOT one of them).  They have a wonderful facility and staff that really want to help people achieve their goals.  One person in particular is an absolute bundle of energy and enthusiasm.  Constantly encouraging people, enthusing “well done”, or “great job” when you are working out, and a smile that lights up the room.  The point is, the cheerleading works.  You may be exhausted after getting off the bike, or X-trainer, or whatever, but when you get a comment like “great job” or “well done”, you can’t help but feel better, particularly as it is meant in all honesty.  That, I think is the key.  No matter what you say to people, you have to absolutely mean it, believe it in your head and heart, and not just be saying it to try and achieve some particular result.  This is harder than you might imagine if you’re not used to doing it.

Many of us are taught that we should act in a professional, reserved maneer in the workplace, as is proper!  To that I say, fuddle duddle.  We’re human beings, we have emotions, and we can’t turn them on and off at will.  The more we repress who we really are, the worse our levels of stress can be with all the associated issues that can cause.

But back to the point.  If you are in a leadership position at work, regardless of your title, you have a responsibility to motivate, encourage, and praise the people you’re leading.  Take an interest in what people are doing, get to know them, be a cheerleader, particularly when the workloads get heavy, it goes a long way to helping people cope with their jobs, and it will make you feel better as a manager too!

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One Response to “Cheerleading in the Workplace”

  1. Five personalities of the working world | The Maundering Thinker Says:

    […] A cheerleader’s zeal may irritate some. Avoid disheartening or alienating the cheerleader. Recognize their intentions as pure while encouraging realistic enthusiasm. […]

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