Showing your office colleagues you care is a more important ingredient in workplace success than previously imagined, says Wharton management professor Sigal Barsade.
She co-authored a 16-month study of compassion in the workplace. It looked for signs that employees cared about each other, whether through having a homey environment at work, stopping by with a cup of coffee for a colleague, or throwing someone a birthday party.
When colleagues show that they care about each other’s work and personal issues, employees are more engaged in their work, the study shows. They also have lower levels of absenteeism and burnout.
And, in workplaces that lack compassionate love, the study shows that you can go through the motions and still get the benefits. Eventually, you may really feel compassionate, too.
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