What is one thing I can do to increase my motivation this week?
Remember that we expanded Daniel Pink’s intrinsic motivation paradigm beyond autonomy, mastery, and purpose to include relationships. Research has shown that even short, surface-level interactions, while completing your errands, for example, can increase your well-being by improving your mood and boosting your sense of belonging. Doing things for others can be a powerful force for personal change.
This week’s installment is a challenge to reach out to just one person in the division. Fostering that connection might be just the intrinsic motivator you and your colleague need as we face a new year of challenges. Together.
CHALLENGE: Reach out to one person in our division this week for no other reason than to check in. Use whatever means you feel most comfortable with: send an email, share a meme, chat on Google, send a text, or make a phone call (the latter earns you bonus points if you are introverted or younger than Gen X). Consider choosing someone you do not work or meet with on a regular basis to reinforce your social network at work.
Take to Your Team
Take a moment during your team meeting to answer a fun, off-topic question like: What is your favorite holiday indulgence: eggnog, cinnamon rolls, hallmark movies, or shopping? Check out 100 Conversation Starters for Virtual Meetings for a solid list of ideas.
- Want to Feel Happier Today? Try Talking to a Stranger – Paul Nicolaus, NPR, Jul. 26, 2019
- People Constantly Underestimate How Much They Benefit From Being Kind: How Compassion Unlocks Our Capacity for Self-Improvement – James Dennin, Inverse, Sep. 23, 2018
- Our New Role: Bringing Kindness to Work – Josh Bersin, accessed Jan. 11, 2021
Does the holiday break already seem like a lifetime ago? Are you struggling to get back into the swing of things? Are you carrying a new burden that seems too heavy to bear? Don’t go it alone.
- NDR Cares – Find resources within the community to help with unmet critical needs
- Here.nd.edu > Heathy & Safety > Emotional Support and Well-being > Resources
- NDR All-Faith Prayer Gathering – Monthly 25-minute meeting for prayer and fellowship led by Katie Rutledge (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom invites.)
- NDR Anti-Racism Book Club – Discuss anti-racism topics in books, articles, and movies with NDR colleagues (Email email@example.com for schedule and Zoom invites.)
- Staff Chaplaincy – Frs. Jim Bracke and Tim O'Connor, C.S.C. are available to serve people of all faiths or those seeking faith. Submit prayer requests or connect with staff support groups online.
- ND Wellness Center Coaches – Mary Shafer and Martha Vanderheyden can support you as you move towards wellness whatever that means for you. They’re not just there for weight loss or quitting smoking.
- Faith.nd.edu – Make a prayer intention request that will be brought to the Grotto or send someone your love a digital prayer card with a campus image (many to choose from!)
- HR Well-Being Resources – A round-up of support available covering five dimensions of wellness
- Employee Resource Groups – Watch for the launch of two new groups in 2021
- THRIVE! – Sign up for the Lunch Pairings Program or join MentorND as a mentor or mentee
- Learning Programs through the Office of Human Resources – Connect with others who love learning