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January Blues? Advice from Harvard Business Review

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Today’s HBR’s Management Tip of the Day is worth sharing for all of us staring out at the grey January skies.

Entitled “Say Nice Things About Your Coworkers Whenever You Can” it refers to an article published in HBR August 2017 “Benefits of Saying Nice Things about Your Colleagues” by Jane E. Dutton and Julia Lee which you can read in full here:

Benefits of Saying Nice Things about Your Colleauges

Time is scarce, attention spans are about 8 seconds and dwindling (no, I don’t really think that’s a b2b measure either….) so here’s the short version:

“Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers.

If we’re introducing two colleagues, telling a story about how a meeting went, or sharing a colleague’s project, how we talk about others can make a big difference in how they feel about themselves and their work.

So take advantage of these opportunities to speak positively about your coworkers. When introducing people, share details that highlight how the person is interesting, and describe them as someone others would want to know. When you bring together a new team, tell stories about each person’s potential contributions to the group.

If you witness someone being interrupted or silenced, build them up by reiterating their point or asking them a question that gives them the opportunity to speak. Stay aware of these moments and make the best use of them. You’re likely to get compliments in return.”

The relevance to researchers is same as for any other Service industries – sometimes we forget to love ourselves.

Wishing a “Happy Wednesday” sounds saccharine, worn maybe – so what about: make someone else’s Wednesday a happy day, and if that’s a co-worker even better!

Bye for now.



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