June 12, 2021

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Interpersonal Equity: The Key to Workplace Well-being and Resilience

Interpersonal Equity as the Cornerstone of Well-being and Resilience

Do you know that by building relational currency you can foster goodwill among your team and boost your social bank account? Yes, this is where things like participation and collaboration come from. Welcome to the What’s Happening at Work Newsletter and podcast, where discuss all things interpersonal at work and how to transform them into well-being to boost resilience. Check out the What's Happening At Work Podcast

As I reflect on the business of my week, the things that stand out are those of interpersonal equity. Those that allow people to feel empowered and valued at work. Besides the business of my week, the issues of bullying, harassment, and discrimination that my clients are facing are the most impactful.

Just a quick recap on what’s happening at work this week. This week was a very busy week for me, teaching leaders in the Foundations of leadership coaching course. I also taught a webinar on creating a workplace wellness culture with leaders and preparing for a sermon on Saturday called O Come and See Jesus, as well as prepare for a presentation next week, called coaching to bridge the diversity gap to the corporate C-Suite, at the Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) conference. We are also recording my podcast and wellness at work forums as we prepare for the 4th Global Workplace Wellness Summit coming up November 8- 10, 2021. I hope to see you there.

Interpersonal Equity

I tell you this because while I do this, I am also coaching clients who are dealing with some very toxic work environments. I will share here some tips and strategies we used to help in those situations in hopes that they will serve you also. You see, it doesn’t matter what we have on our desks, we still have to deal with interpersonal needs, and interests.

There were some troubling moments when one of my clients shared that she was experiencing racism at work. The fact that my client had that thought is very concerning. Our thoughts have a big impact on our health and well-being. The actions that led to this behaviour are unhealthy for the leader, as well as for the employee. That brings me to the release of my new book. This week I was working on realigning my book call the WIS® Method, a framework that magnifies how our interpersonal exchanges impact our health and wellness. Imagine the resistance, annoyance, and hardening of self my client had to endure to go through her workday with the thought… “I am being discriminated against”.

This publication is not about racism but I find myself discussing it so much lately, I could almost do nothing else. Listen to my podcast to hear tips and strategies to release these negative interpersonal dynamics as you go into the weekend.

Humans are social, interdependent beings who need each other to survive. People need each other for self-elevation, growth development, and belonging. It is dehumanizing to work for someone who treats you like you are worthless. I don’t want to extend this negative energy too much so let’s talk about some positive things to shift our energy. Thinking of negative things too much can drain our energy.

Our theme at the Global Workplace Wellness Summit this November 8 - 10, 2021 is Rebuilding Smarter Workplaces by aligning high performance to high performance. We have opportunities for you to shine on one of our wellness committees. Showcase what you are doing at work and collaborate with others around the globe and win the draw to have your face grace the Workplace Wellness Magazine cover. Leave a message and let us know what is going on at your workplace.

Here are some of the answers to the questions I asked in my workplace wellness culture workshop. Please see what your answer is and share below:

  1. How much positivity is there in your team?
  2. How much optimism are you bringing to your work?
  3. What new stress management steps have you implemented for your team as a result of the pandemic?

Let’s have a conversation, or leave me a voice message on my podcast link. Listen to the podcast episode

To Your Wellness,

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Coach, Mediator, Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, and Thought Leader of the groundbreaking Well-being Intelligence Curriculum. With a career spanning over 27 years as a Conflict Analyst, Professional Trainer, University Lecturer, and Master Certified Coach, Joyce helps organizations solve difficult challenges and transition into psychologically safe workspaces that promotes inclusiveness and well-being. As President and CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., she has designed transformative training sessions and curricula for her clients, as well as some offered exclusively through her company, such as the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and an ICF Approved Coach Training program. She can be reached at https://interpersonalwellness.com

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