Why is everyone yelling and no one listening?

Since the election, the Right has yelled a the Left, the Left has yelled at the Right, and all of the people who gave Hillary Clinton a landmark number of popular votes have been yelling at each other for not doing enough to win the Electoral College. But the truth is, the yelling started long before the election, which is why pollsters and pundits were so surprised when none of the results turned out as expected.

What did they expect? No one was listening. Well, it's time to start listening.

The place to start, I believe, is listening to what people think of the work they do. When you get right down to it, employment is the single greatest factor in our economy. Isn't it amazing that so little attention was paid to it during the campaign? Employment is the engine that drives our nation, but not if employers don't pay a fair wage, understand the needs of employees, or enhance creativity, productivity and innovation.

Andrew Faas is listening. He's the president and founder of the Faas Foundation, which is dedicated to helping to create psychologically healthy, safe and fair workplaces. To that end he has partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence for an initiative they are calling Emotion Revolution in the Workplace, which is conducting a survey across North America to find out how people feel about the work they do and why they feel that way. In other words, they want to listen to what you have to say--and then do something about it. The results will be used to create solutions that can be implemented to improve conditions in the workplace--which will in turn get us back on track for creativity and innovation.

Published on: Nov 21, 2016
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