Being Open-Minded at Work and Why It Matters

February 29th, 2016 | Articles, Food for Thought, Workplace Resources | No Comments »

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We live in an ever-changing world. Our work environments and daily lives include an interconnected world and population. Our society is diverse and filled with unique individuals and cultures.

So, since we live in this ever-changing, culturally-diverse, large world filled with unique people all around us, it is clear the being open-minded matters in our lives.

Why does an open-minded environment matter at work? It matters “because diversity is good for teamwork”, according to a Fast Company article on being open-minded at work and the open-minded culture in the office setting. There is more and more discussion about employees and their feelings in the workplace. Managers have become more compassionate and understanding for the most part due to a new focus on worker satisfaction and a positive work environment. Now, more than ever, managers are expected to show that they care about their employees. Loyalty has become a focus of many corporate cultures. According to the aforementioned article, “In a study published in the Academy of Management Journal, managers who create a culture where they put their employees’ needs over their own saw improvements in customer satisfaction, higher performance by employees, and lower turnover rates.” Happier employees are long-term employees. A positive work environment where everyone feels accepted and at home is an open-minded work environment. Something else that stood out in the article was this: “When individuals feel accepted, no matter their backgrounds, it’s kind of like finding home again.”

More often than not, we are finding ourselves working and at work events with our coworkers. Work is taking up more and more of people’s time due to technology and interconnectedness. But, if employees feel welcome and at home, they feel that they are part of a community and that they must work to help the community as a whole. Another excerpt from the aforementioned Fast Company article that particularly stood out and hit home was this: “Company leaders know they need to invest in their employees in order for business to thrive. Learning about each person and making them feel safe and accepted is part of that process, and it’s crucial for developing a team that sticks together and delivers.”