Feel­ing con­nected is in­trin­si­cally re­ward­ing to the brain.

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That’s be­cause our brains evolved to greatly value so­cial at­tach­ment. Be­cause hu­man mat­u­ra­tion takes so long com­pared to other species, so­cial pain be­came a way to en­cour­age us to stay so­cially at­tached to pro­mote sur­vival. If sep­a­ra­tion from a care­giver is a threat to sur­vival, feel­ing hurt by sep­a­ra­tion may be an adap­ta­tion to pre­vent that.

No one is sug­gest­ing that man­agers should act or see them­selves in a care­giv­ing or pa­ter­nal­is­tic fash­ion; th­ese in­sights help man­agers work with peo­ple’s strengths and ten­den­cies rather than against them. Iso­lat­ing an em­ployee with au­thor­i­ta­tive de­mands and in­tim­i­da­tion trig­gers a sense of iso­la­tion, threat and fear. Then the brain slams the brakes on the pre­frontal cor­tex and makes it harder for peo­ple to think

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