Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 - Training x Design

Optimism, contratry to what many people think, isn't positive thinking. It isn't even being happy. It is the recognition of the possible. It's this recognition of possibility that makes businesses perform better financially.

In her latest article, Australian resilience trainer Gina Brooks tells us that there is a real need for workplace optimism.

'We spend 30 to 50 per cent of our lives at work,' Brooks pointed out. 'Which means that focusing on what's right and what's possible is so important. When we spend a third of our adult lives working, it's healthier for us to do so in environments that dismantle barriers to success. Optimism is one way to achieve that.'

And yet there is a real payoff to building an optimistic workforce. 

Looking at optimism from an abstract point of view is all well and good, but can an increased sense of optimism actually have a positive impact on a business’s profits?

It’s a question that researchers at the William Davidson Institute decided to analyse empirically. They compared the turnover growth expectations of 133 owners and managers with the actual outcomes. The study ran for a year. According to a detailed mathematical analysis, their findings were that entrepreneurial optimists do indeed see higher profits than their pessimistic counterparts.

Gina suggests that there are some key things you can do to promote optimism in your workplace:

  1. Let people work to their strengths - including their personalities. Optimists and pessimists both have their place - don't make pessimists try (unnaturally) to become optimists
  2. Avoid blind optimism, and know how to spot it. The negative side can be extremely helpful in decision-making, especially where risk is involved.
  3. Beware the 'Ever Optimistic Leader': A real optimist approaches a situation with what is possible? and not everything is great.

 

To get the full detail, read her article here.

MEDIA CONTACT DETAILS

Contact Gina Brooks on 0417 819 294, or email [email protected].au

 

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All around the world, stress levels in the workplace are increasing. And the causes of stress—they keep mounting, too. It's not just heavy workloads and unrealistic deadlines any more. No, the workers of today have to contend with such heady issues as climate change and political tumult as well.

Statistics show that highly stressed-out employees take, on average, two more sick days per year than those who report low stress levels. What's more, an employee who is highly stressed is 50 per cent more likely to show up for work while sick and unproductive!

So, the question becomes, what is the best way to combat stress in the workplace? How do we turn an office full of people who are anxious, nervous, and uncomfortable into flexible and adaptive rockstars?

The answer is simple: resilience.

About Gina Brooks, Training x Design, and ORANGES

Training x Design

Training x Design leads Australia in learning and improving performance at work. We are also Exclusive Providers of the ORANGES program to companies in South Australia. For over 20 years we have been designing and delivering customised learning solutions for all types of businesses from global enterprises to small local firms. Using the robust and impeccable science from positive psychology, emotional intelligence studies, and behavioural science in all of our programs, we give our clients access to the best ways to inspire action and encourage employee engagement.

Gina Brooks

Gina Brooks, is one of Australia’s most sought-after trainers. Gina is one of few Australian experts in emotional wellness and resilience programs. She is also highly credentialled and recognised at a national level for her expertise.

In 2017, Gina was ranked one of Australia’s top two Learning and Development Professionals and was the Chief Judge for the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards. She is also a certified professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Gina’s highly engaging and innovative facilitation style leaves participants energised and enthusiastic about their new possibilities, excited to put what they’ve learned into practice.

The ORANGES Toolkit

ORANGES was originally conceived and developed to address significant organisational morale related challenges experienced by staff and volunteers at Camp Quality, Australia's leading charitable organisation for children aged 0-12 years living with cancer. Results were astounding, and leading indicators such as staff turnover and sick leave immediately and sustainably improved.

ORANGES has now been adopted by many of Australia's leading corporations, sports bodies and government departments. Case studies and testimonials are available from Gina, which confirm outstanding acceptance and concrete results.

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We believe that training is only successful when you can see meaningful results. This is why we help you to create a sustainable competitive advantage with a unique workforce that thinks, behaves and feels differently.

Training x Design leads Australia in learning and improving performance at work. We are also Exclusive Providers of the ORANGES program to companies in South Australia. For over 20 years we have been designing and delivering customised learning solutions for all types of businesses from global enterprises to small local firms. Using the robust and impeccable science from positive psychology, emotional intelligence studies, and behavioural science in all of our programs, we give our clients access to the best ways to inspire action and encourage employee engagement.

About Director Gina Brooks

Gina Brooks, is one of Australia’s most sought-after trainers. Gina is one of few Australian experts in emotional wellness and resilience programs. She is also highly credentialled and recognised at a national level for her expertise.

In 2017, Gina was ranked one of Australia’s top two Learning and Development Professionals and was the Chief Judge for the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards. She is also a certified professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Gina’s highly engaging and innovative facilitation style leaves participants energised and enthusiastic about their new possibilities, excited to put what they’ve learned into practice.


Gina Brooks
M: 0417 819 294
W: trainingxdesign.com.au

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