We’re living in a world with a population of 7.53 billion people, and although technology has transformed us into a more connected society, we’ve never been more disconnected. We all know that we need food, water and shelter to survive but what many of us fail to realize is that we also depend on human interaction to live happy and fulfilled lives.
We need to build meaningful connections with other people to help support both our physical health and mental well-being. This is something that has always fascinated me, and I wanted to dive into this topic further and really explore the value of human connections, not just with how it relates to our personal lives, but also in terms of our businesses.
On this mind-blowing episode, I had the pleasure of chatting to a good friend of mine and NY Time’s bestselling author, Dan Schawbel. We talk all about his new book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, and he reveals why the whole “work/life balance” theory is nothing but a myth.
Essential Learning Points From This Episode:
Technology can be used as a bridge to human interaction, not a barrier
If you misuse and overuse technology, it can trap and trick you into thinking you’ve got a lot of friends when that may not be true
Our humanity is our biggest differentiator, and we need human connection to survive
Don’t be fooled into thinking movement automatically means progress – moving forward in society isn’t always the best thing for us
Leaders who make everyone feel supported in taking risks, without fear of punishment always result in the highest performing teams
Creating a healthy workplace culture benefits almost all areas of your life, both inside and outside of work
There’s a cost to working remotely because you’re not fulfilling your human need to connect with other people
If you work remotely, try and do more video conferences to connect with your team
Flexibility is the number one employee benefit worldwide
One face-to-face interaction is more successful than 34 emails exchanged back and forth
73% of the global workforce doesn’t have enough time for personal-related activities
You should hire people based on personality and then train for skill because establishing good relationships with your employees makes them more likely to stay
The best places to work are the ones that make you feel like you are part of a “work family”
Every candidate that applies to work with your company are either going to become an advocate for your company or a subtractor
Work/Life balance requires the accountability to construct your day in a way that allows you to fulfill both of your needs
Much, much more!
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