Here’s Why You Should Encourage Your Employees to Spend More Time Reflecting
Self-reflection can have a tremendous impact on employee motivation and productivity.
The Benefits of Self-Reflection
Reflection provides us with many benefits. Taking a few moments every day to do nothing but reflect on your life activates parts of the brain we don’t use when we’re busy—which explains why you have so many great ideas in the shower. This down time is also necessary for our brains to process everything we see on a given day.
Setting aside time for self-reflection also gives employees time to think about their professional goals and how they’re going to reach them. Taking a few minutes out of each day to look at the day’s progress is a great way for your employees to assess the effectiveness of each day’s work—and maybe even figure out how they can become more useful to your company. Reflection allows your employees to celebrate each success and learn from every mistake.
Beyond what it will do in the workplace, that five minutes spent on self-reflection will increase your employees’ overall happiness, which is the best way to increase their productivity.
What Does Proper Self-Reflection Look Like?
While there really isn’t a wrong way to do self-reflection, there are ways to make your self-reflection more effective. Asking specific questions can help direct your down time into time spent discovering your true self–and how you really feel about how you’re spending your days.
When you start talking with your employees about self-reflection, remind them that it’s not just about taking some time away from your busy work–it’s about self-discovery and growth.
So what questions are best explored during these moments of self-reflection? Questions around personal happiness and productivity are usually best.
If you need some guidance on how to do this self-reflection the right way, here are a few questions you can start with:
- Did I do my best work today?
- Did I make progress towards my long term goals today?
- How can I make tomorrow better than today?
- Am I happy with what I’ve contributed to the company today?
- Am I more productive/happier than I was yesterday?
Once you’ve developed your own self-reflection practice it will become easier for you to help develop your employees’ reflection practices—so get started today.
How to Encourage Self-Reflection
There are several ways you can encourage your employees to spend time on daily reflection, depending on how much of a part you want this self-reflection to play in your work culture.
You can go as far as scheduling a daily break designed specifically for self-reflection, or you can focus on making reflection an easy option for the breaks your employees already get. You can do this by creating a comfortable space where employees can sit in relative quiet and reflect on their lives. Your employees will also need a place to write their ideas down.
To make the most of this reflection time, you should also schedule time to speak with each of your employees about their current self-reflection. Knowing they’ll be asked about reflection will make employees more likely to do it, but that’s not the only reason to keep communications open. These meetings also provide an opportunity for your employees to share ideas that might help your company and an opportunity for you to show them you care—after all, they’re more likely to do their best work for someone they like.
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