"Will it be easy? Nope. Will it be worth it? Absolutely!"
"What we accept is what we teach." - Michael Cohen
I can remember clearly, as a leader of front line staff, that it seemed as though many of my employees simply were not listening when it came to rolling out change in our department.
Note: This is part 2 in a 6-part series titled "Changing How We Change." If you missed Part 1, you can view it here.
A New Year is all about Change. Change in our personal lives and change in our professional lives. We seek to make things better, and change needs to happen in order to do that.
When an organization establishes high standards for how everyone behaves, performs, and contributes to success, the act of setting those standards doesn't magically transform the behaviors and actions of everyone. After these are set, there needs to be a persistent effort to bring and keep these standards alive.
Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too.
At least that’s what researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) discovered when they explored in real time the relationship between 32 California families and the thousands of objects in their homes. The resulting book, “Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century,” is a rare look at how middle-class Americans use the space in their homes and interact with the things they accumulate over a lifetime.
Our over-worked closets are overflowing with things we rarely touch.
It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our mood and self-esteem. CELF’s anthropologists, social scientists, and archaeologists found:
A link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in female home owners and a high density of household objects.The more stuff, the more stress women feel. Men, on the other hand, don’t seem bothered by mess, which accounts for tensions between tidy wives and their clutter bug hubbies.
Women associate a tidy home with a happy and successful family. The more dishes that pile up in the sink, the more anxious women feel.