We are facing an empathy shortage in our workplaces. When we first started working in teams, we called them tribes. And our very survival depended on each person in the group caring for and going out of their way to help one another which built strong levels of trust and respect.
This tribe mentality is rare today, most workplaces couldn’t even be described as villages where we know everyone’s name, family, and history.
We are a cubicle nation, physical and mental walls disconnecting us from one another. Technology has made even eye contact a scarce resource.
In the competitive world of business, it may seem silly to talk about empathy. But empathy has been linked to higher levels of cooperation, problem-solving, communication, and productivity.
When we feel others understand, relate to, and care about us, we are willing to go out of our way to help them in return.
Empathy – fuelling teamwork since the birth of humankind.