Colleagues as Empowering Resources

An essential part of empowerment at work is simply having access to necessary resources. Some work requires access to the right equipment and other work requires access to the right space. But in an information/service economy a lot of work requires access to the right information, know-how, or expertise. Very often, those essential resources reside in the people at work.

A key outcome of the CREW intervention is improving civility and respect among coworkers makes people feel more empowered. It makes sense. Better working relationships allow people to share more openly with their colleagues. The more easily information and ability moves around members of a workgroup, the more effective the group becomes.

Important questions to consider about your workgroup:

  • Do you feel confident about asking your colleagues for advice or assistance? Do you feel that way with anyone and everyone within your workgroup?
  • Do you feel generous when others ask you for advice or assistance? Do you feel that way with anyone and everyone within your workgroup?

If the answer is a clear yes to these questions, you are fortunate indeed. To the extent that you have some reservations about seeking or giving assistance, your workgroup loses some of its potential for greatness.

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Canada’s answer to improving worklife!

Michael Leiter

Dr. Michael Leiter, co-author of Banishing Burnout and The Truth about Burnout, is set to release his newest book on Work Engagement. Dr. Leiter founded the Canadian Centre for Organizational Research & Development and has researched organizational behaviour for more than two decades. He knows how to improve an organization’s bottom line (productivity and profitability by improving its top line - people. In fact, he and his co-author coined the term "work engagement" as the antithesis to burnout!

Over the years, Dr. Leiter has worked closely with a host of researchers, including Dr. Christine Maslach, creator of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), and most recently, with Dr. Arnold Bakker on work engagement. Now, through work with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - the largest integrated health care system in the U.S. - Dr. Leiter has the CREW Solution.

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