Disturbing findings from the 2011 Global Mindset Index shows that:

  • one in four employees (23%) worldwide identifies with five or more of the key factors in depression (as outlined by the World Health Organisation)
  • only 12% of the global workforce expressed feeling generally optimistic
  • only 14% of respondents said they felt inspired by their employer
  • 92% of respondents said their emotions were reliant on workplace results, rather than factors such as self-belief and intrinsic work ethic.

These results were obtained by surveying participants in America, Europe, South America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific. In a nutshell, the findings reveal the following:

  • If the environment at work supports an individual’s view of their own ‘self’ it provides a positive emotional state and a source of stable motivation
  • An individual is empowered by their internal feelings of worth, ability and value
  • There is a clear divide in focus, belief, confidence, connectivity and enthusiasm between those at the top of an organisation and those on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder
  • The older you get (50+), the less confidence you have in your organisation and where it’s going, but the more stable you feel in your role
  • Women are finding the current environment more challenging in terms of feeling confident in their roles and responding to stressful situations

The researchers also asked three questions that most people subconsciously ask of themselves as they evaluate their career choices, performance and future prospects and here are the results. Here are the key response themes arising from those questions:

What would get you to stay at your job even if the pay was lower?   What do you look for in a  leader?  What is your prime source of motivation?  
Growth and Development  Visionary  Self Motivation
Career Opportunities  Leader Influence  Team Work
Challenging and Interesting Work  Inspirational  Driven by Financial Reward
 Better Work Environment  Trustworthy  Work Itself
 Non-monetary Benefit and Recognition  Skillfull  Client Perception
 Mentor  Achievement and Success
 Empathetic  Non – Monetary Reward and Recognition

(Source: Whitepaper: 2011 Global Mindset Index – rogenSI whitepaper

These trends heighten the need for leaders to act now to ensure their team members bring a mindset to work that will enable them to achieve and perform.  So, what can leaders do?

  • Take proactive steps in discussing the overall well-being of their people
  • Offer support when people are feeling less than 100%
  • Set performance goals for individuals in the workplace that assist in an “achievement” mindset for staff
  • Provide coaching and feedback to inspire exceptional performance

What has been your experience in the workplace?

Do these results reflect what you’ve seen?

What are the EQ skills that leaders need?

What other tips can you offer leaders?

Six Seconds provides diagnostic tools and consulting/coaching services to support leaders to  create and retain “Exceptional Performing Mindsets” with their staff.

Melissa Donaldson

For the past 15 years, I've partnered with senior executives and leaders in public and private sector organisations to execute significant change, design and implement leadership capability programs, renegotiate complex industrial agreements and build leader and team performance.

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