BRAIN TIP: THE SCIENCE BEHIND TEAMS--
OXYTOCIN (BONDING) AND SOCIAL CONTAGION
(Excerpt: Reconnecting Workspaces, Chapter 3, Jennifer Britton, ©2021, All Rights Reserved)
There is an increasing focus on the science behind team work. There are both scientific factors as well as other elements which help teams thrive, including these neuroscience elements:
Emotional Contagion: Emotional contagion brings to life the notion that “one rotten apple spoils the bunch.” Research continues to demonstrate how our emotions, particularly as leaders, spread to those around us. What do you notice about the tone of the team?
Oxytocin: A second element which has been seen in high performing teams is a higher rate of oxytocin, also known as the bonding element. Within in-person environments it can be stimulated through touch, like high-fives and physical team huddles. Virtually it is stimulated by:
• Virtual high fives or, as a participant in a recent meeting I spoke at demonstrated, a Butterfly Hug!
• Bonding and feeling connected in the remote space is critical, especially when physical distancing measures are in effect. What can you do to get people bonding?
RECONNECTING THE WORKSPACE TIP—REIMAGINING WORKSPACE CULTURE
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