Though Agile Coaching has been one of my responsibilities as a development manager in the corporate world, I've very recently transitioned to independent consultant and full-time Agile Coach!
Those of you who aren't in the world of software development probably have no idea what an "Agile Coach" is, but basically, it's a coach who helps teams adopt "Agile practices." And what are "Agile Practices" you ask? Well, that's a pretty long topic, but one thing that Agile coaches care about is.... you guessed it... Workplace Happiness!
In fact, in a LinkedIn Agile Coaching Group Discussion today, Michael Tarnowski posted a link to this article: Positive Teams are More Productive.
The article, written by Emma Seppälä, (that's a pretty cool name, isn't it?), published in the Harvard Business Review confirms that a workplace that promotes positive and virtuous practices is the surest way to improve productivity.
From the article,
Positive and virtuous practices include:
- Caring for, being interested in, and maintaining responsibility for colleagues as friends.
- Providing support for one another, including offering kindness and compassion when others are struggling.
- Avoiding blame and forgive mistakes.
- Inspiring one another at work.
- Emphasizing the meaningfulness of the work.
- Treating one another with respect, gratitude, trust & integrity.
There are four recommendations for organizations to add positive practices to their company:
- Leadership - Support from the top
- Culture - Implement changes designed to be positive and virtuous
- Small Steps - Spend time each day doing things like gratitude journals or other positive habits
- Retreats and Workshops - Strategic focus on positive practices and leadership
I love that last one because creating Agile Retreats is one of my future goals! I even bought the AgileRetreats.com domain the other day!
What small steps can you take to create a positive atmosphere at your workplace?