Joe Gerstandt wants to know why emotions have no place in the workplace.
Do you work in an organization that demands your physical presence yet resists your emotional presence?
You can maybe be fired from your job for not being physically present … and also punished (implicitly or explicitly) for being too emotionally present?
Emotions fuel motivation and behavior. We talk all day long about people’s motivations and behaviors, yet act like emotions have no place at work.
This is another indicator to me that a great deal of how we do work and organization and management is incongruent with our growing understanding of human beings and how human beings create value together.
We have to stop tip-toeing around a model of management that is too shallow and inauthentic to integrate the reality of emotion.
Emotions are dismissed as being too “touchy-feely” for work; they are “soft” and “irrational.” In reality, emotion is a big part of the truth. It is our management models incapable of embracing emotion that are actually irrational and at odds with reality.
We are emotional beings. We are emotional, and emotions are good. Feelings have value. And whatever the opposite of value is? That is what we get from the repression of emotions. How do we not understand this yet?
Much of what we refer to as organizational politics exists as a way to hold emotions at a distance. It allows us to move around things on the outside without dealing straight on with emotion. We have invented language and unwritten rules of behavior that are emotion-neutral. We say things to each other like, “Nothing personal, it’s just business.” We pretend like the people we work with are robots because that makes the task of management less complicated.
Do your emotions make it to work with you?
At the next meeting that you participate in, pay attention to whether anyone mentions emotions or how they feel about any of the issues being discussed.
You and your organization are likely being wasteful and reckless with one of the most potent “human resources” of all.
Be good to each other.
Originally posted on www.joegerstandt.com