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Compassionate Culture: How to Care and Still Be Professional

Updated: Nov 22, 2022

This episode will teach you how to balance caring while still maintaining professionalism.

Here's what you'll learn on this episode:

  1. Compassion has a place in the workplace

  2. Empathy, Sympathy & Compassion defined

  3. Boundaries are key to sustainable compassion

Why is this important? The emotional needs of workers influence their ability to be engaged and productive at work. Empathy in the workplace is positively related to job performance. According to a study by Center for Creative Leadership, “Empathic emotion as rated from the leader’s subordinates positively predicts job performance ratings from the leader’s boss” Meaning, those managers who were rated as empathetic by subordinates were also rated as high performing by their own boss.

Sara Schairer of Compassion It defines some often confused terms:

Empathy, sympathy, and compassion are three words that many use interchangeably. It’s a legitimate mistake, because these words can be confusing.
While these words are near cousins, they are not synonymous with one another.
Empathy means that you feel what a person is feeling.
Sympathy means you can understand what the person is feeling.
Compassion is the willingness to relieve the suffering of another.

How do we balance compassion in the workplace? Boundaries:

  1. What are the boundaries of the org?

  2. What are your boundaries?

  3. What are the boundaries of others?

Know your role and ask for permission when you’re unsure of the boundaries.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama

Jacob Moore is the creator of 5 Bridges to Wellness and the founder of NoStigmas mental health support community. As an empowered childhood suicide loss survivor, Jacob writes and speaks internationally about trauma, holistic wellness design and thriving despite mental illness. In addition to being an avid user of both nature and dog therapy, Jacob practices meditation, yoga and martial arts to support his mental wellness. He splits his time between Chicago and the open road.

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