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TM Q2 2022 – Personal and Professional Growth

Whether you work from home, the office, or you’re out in the field, you’re part of a team and a larger organization.  You play a key part in how well your team operates and the success of the organization.  Each role matters – how do you contribute to your team? 

  • If a team member is out, do you volunteer to help pick up some of their work? 
  • Do you frequently seek out feedback? Are you comfortable asking for help? 
  • How do you navigate challenges? 
  • How do you uplift your fellow team members? 

Your team is who you spend the most time with during your workday.  Having strong relationships with each team member can have a great impact on your overall employee experience.  It all starts with you and how you interact with your team on a day-to-day basis.   

Truvelop Tip: Be a Team Player

“Be a thermostat, not a thermometer.”  This is a great phrase to reference as you consider the type of team member you want to be. Have you ever had a team member in a bad mood who saps the energy of the team? Do you let it affect you? Or are you someone who elevates your team and leads them forward as a leader?  Don’t forget that you have Truvelop’s performance management tools and resources to help you set the tone and be a positive team player.   

  • Leverage Spark.  Spark isn’t just a tool for Managers to deliver feedback to their team.  It can also be a great tool to drive peer-to-peer communication.  Use Spark today to share praise and celebrate a Team Member on the Recognition Wall.  This can be a great way to uplift your team while memorializing their hard work.   
  • Fill out the Growth Mindset Reflection Guide.  If something doesn’t go your way, it can be easy to fall into a negative spiral of what went wrong.  Instead, use the Growth Mindset Reflection Guide to focus on your learning takeaways.  By modeling a growth mindset, you can focus on the process and bring more engagement into your day-to-day role.   

  • Ask for help.  Part of being on a team is knowing when it’s time to ask for help.  Everyone brings a unique background and perspective to the table, so don’t be afraid to ask for additional guidance or assistance on a project if you’re feeling overwhelmed or you’re not sure what the best course of action is going to be.  You can even document the guidance by Requesting a Spark.  The most cohesive teams are founded on team members who can trust and count on each other, and that starts with knowing when to ask for help and being willing to step up when it’s your turn to help a team member out.   

Throughout this second quarter, we will be exploring ways that you can tap into your potential and become the best team member that you can be.  Whether you are serving as a helping hand, or uplifting your peers with a positive attitude, you can become a leader for your team. 

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? Mental Health in the workplace is more important than ever after reports in 2021 indicated that nearly 80% of workers reported at least one symptom of a mental health condition in the last year.  When your mental health takes a hit, then you’re putting yourself at risk for burnout. We’re dedicated to creating the best possible employee experience, so we want to help you avoid this and take care of yourself.   

Truvelop Tip: Proactively Reinforce Support

With Truvelop, there are a variety of tools and resources that can help you advocate for yourself by creating balance in the workplace.  Stress ebbs and flows. There are always going to be periods of increased workload or responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean that your mental health needs to take a hit.  When you take the time to recover intentionally, you can refill your fuel tank, helping you to stay inspired.  

  • Individual Development Plan: Whenever you’re in a period of high-stress, it can be easy to lose sight of your “why.”  By completing an Individual Development Plan, you can easily remind yourself of what you’re working towards.  Additionally, by indicating your motivators and demotivators, you can work with your Manager to attempt to remove any barriers to success or any components that may be causing unnecessary stress.  

  • Growth Mindset Reflection Guide: When you’re finishing a period of high-stress, it’s important to take the time to reflect on what you achieved.  With the Growth Mindset Reflection Guide, you can highlight your learning takeaways and determine what you want to leverage going forward.  This is a great way to boost confidence in your abilities and remind yourself of the skills in your toolkit.   
  • Spark: When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important that you communicate with your Manager.  Your Manager and team want to support you any way they can, but that starts with being proactive and communicating how they can help.  Whether you’re updating your Manager on current projects, or requesting feedback from another Team Member, let your team know that you’ve got a lot on your plate and could use their support. Try to do this earlier rather than later so that you can avoid panic.  

Learn more in the Team Member Resource Center in Truvelop. 

Inspiration of the week…

Interested in learning about the science of happiness and change? Dr. Lauri Santos speaks about how we can reframe the change in our lives and learn to fear it less; and also how we can inspire far greater changes in ourselves. Listen to Dr. Maya Shankar episode on The Science of Happiness and Change in her podcast series A Slight Change of Plans.  

This June, we’re placing our focus on the employee experience.  BetterUp defines the employee experience as being a subjective experience: “it is the holistic impact of the job and the organization on the individual — how an employee feels, how they perceive their potential and abilities, and the effect on their well-being.” There are several factors that can influence your employee experience: your team, your manager, your development opportunities, your sense of purpose, or even your perceived job flexibility.  Communicating your needs and advocating for your experience can help you to come to work feeling engaged and inspired every single day.  

Truvelop Tip: Advocate for Your Experience

Everyone has different likes and dislikes.  Take the first step towards a more positive employee experience by sharing what is going to have the greatest impact on your day-to-day. Your experience is a top priority for Truvelop and for your organization! 

  • Individual Development Plans: Share with your manager your “why,” or what inspires you to come to work and give it your all.  Is it because you want to be the best that you can be? Is there someone at home that you’re supporting? Understanding what drives you is a big part of connecting your day-to-day role back to your purpose. Completing the My Motivators IDP guide could be a great place to start.  

  • Recognize Core Values: Do you feel closely aligned to your organization’s mission, vision, and core values? Celebrating what makes your organization special can increase your buy-in and boost your engagement.  Set an example by posting to the Recognition Wall when you witness a Team Member living out a core value.  
  • Share Your Feedback: Your Manager and organization what’s detracting from your experience if you don’t tell them.  Be sure to participate in surveys your organization posts and share feedback regularly with your Manager during employee assessments.  You can leverage Spark for this or share your thoughts in your next check-in.  

Over the past few years, people’s priorities have shifted.  The way we think about work has changed.  Employees’ perceptions of their environment and what impacts it are top priorities for every organization right now as they adjust to meet the needs of their people.  Sharing your voice is a great way to shape your culture and create the best possible employee experience.

Updated on October 31, 2023

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