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Just In! Get a Productivity High From Nature

November 16th, 2017

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A recent finding from the University of British Columbia, affirms that one of the secrets of leadership is hiding in plain sight and it is abundant, quick, free, and relatively untapped!

UBC Okanagan researcher Holli-Anne Passmore examined the connection between taking a moment to look at something from the natural environment and personal well-being.

So what?


Passmore’s study revealed that simply noticing emotional responses to nearby nature had a positive impact on personal well-being, prosocial orientation, and level of connectedness to other people as well as willingness to share resources and the value placed on community. Exactly what every leader needs – and what every leader wants from team members!

What to do?


1. Stop and smell the roses. Passmore’s study wasn’t about spending hours outdoors or going for long walks in the wilderness. She explains that “examples of nature could be anything not human-built: a houseplant, a dandelion growing in a crack in a sidewalk, birds, or sun through a window.”

2. Encourage your team members to do the same.

3. Check in with them regularly to get their reactions.

4. Observe their level of happiness and productivity.

5. Walk and talk outdoors when meeting one-on-one.

6. Let us know what you learn.

The takeaway: Anything that increases well-being and happiness can’t be bad. A recent British study by the Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy reveals that a happy workforce generates a productivity increase between 12 and 20%.

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