Sustainable buildings are on everyone's lips all the time. But what is the situation with "sustainable" people? The hottest and most important trend at the moment in our lives at work deals with compassion. Kinnarps takes a look at an exciting survey from Stanford University.
Back in the day, managers were expected to be totally in charge. Management was authoritarian and managed often by fear to keep staff in their place. Today we know better. It is profitable to keep compassion in the loop. Empathic organisations and companies have lower staff turnover and achieve greater levels of efficiency. In companies where managers callously dismiss staff, it is often the case that a so-called "organisational resistance" arises, where staff can even try to damage the company. Note that "compassion-controlled" workplaces has nothing at all to do with spacey and vague leadership, but research has unequivocally shown that managers who show compassion will be rewarded with significantly more loyal and motivated employees.
"There is a strong link between compassion and productivity. Compassion triggers a "pro-social" behaviour, where people are willing to help each other," says Daniel E Martin, professor at Stanford University.
And as is always the case, change has to come from the top. Managers form the company and staff.