Place the comma yourself. But not according to your beliefs, but the situation.
Today’s society is full of dilemmas. For example: to fully trust a person and believe that they know what they are doing with their body; or, conversely, a belief that limited societal tradition is above the trivial freedom of the individual. Perhaps a lesser, but another important and perhaps related dilemma is to take care of or develop strength.
We often hear grandparents ’stories about the miles to school, heeled through the snow and cold weather. It all starts with fairy tales: the young lady must wear nine clogs; in order to achieve his goal, the groom must travel around the world; someone must cut off three dragon heads or climb a mountain of glass.
For a person who has eaten a puddle of salt, it can be difficult to understand the delicate modern generation. Is it really delicate? I do not know. People are different. Admittedly, there are young people whose parents have worked hard. Worked incredibly hard to buy a brand backpack or jeans, spent their savings to get their children sports equipment or game inventory, took out loans to allow a child to enter a good university; as they were embroiled in work, hired handlers and drivers, the child had little or no duty. He did not learn to commit, to strain.
Recently, we heard about a study that raises the problem that as many as 95 percent of Lithuanian employees feel anxious. Well, it must be admitted, anxiety is a part of human existence, a normal and acceptable feeling. We worry when there is uncertainty, and sometimes, even without a clear reason. Is action already needed? Wrap the worker in a thick warm blanket that, God forbid, they get trapped in blowing wind or get caught at any sharp angle?
And business owners or those who work for themselves? I think they feel anxious every day for they cannot know what the customer will say, no one guarantees a smooth and secure future. And no one wraps them in a warm blanket.
Excessive emphasis on illness (“just so that you don’t feel bad at work”) will not contribute to people’s growth and maturity, but if fear is a deep problem in the organization, it is worth exploring why. The importance of psychological safety in the workplace is high. Psychological security is interpreted in relation to people and means that I will not be punished for expressing a different opinion, asking an unpopular question, for being myself or having specific views. The punishment may also be dismissal, no award, or no higher position. Without psychological security, there will be no shared leadership and cooperation, no exchange of information and support, no trust, no dominance, no competition, no struggle for existence and no cookie. So, in closing, I will say this: anxiety about emerging work, business, life challenges is normal and acceptable. If you go to fight with a dragon, it would be strange if you felt calm.
However, if you feel insecure about being demeaned, punished for your opinion, attitude, or questions raised – the situation is flawed and is worth rooting out. In such a community or organization, everyone will lose.
Dr. Alisa Miniotaitė is a management and leadership expert, founder of UAB ALISA MANAGEMENT LABORATORY, Leadership Program Manager at ISM University of Management and Economics, certified ICC coach for the Baltic countries.
Commentary is published in the news radio show Leader’s Dilemma and news page 15min.lt