“The cost of a toxic workplace” with Neil Schambra Stevens, Founder, Mercury Jam

E48: “The cost of a toxic workplace” with Neil Schambra Stevens, Founder, Mercury Jam

We often hear about the high cost of workplace turnover, but what about the cost of a toxic workplace environment? A toxic workplace costs more than just money, it costs good people, creativity, and innovation, just to name a few.

Neil Schambra Stevens knows that having a kind, supportive environment is crucial to the success of any business. Because if you want to inspire people, if you want people to take risks, and if you want people to innovate, they have to be able to fail in the safety of their environment.

In this Powerful at Work Radio podcast episode, Neil shares his principles for creating a calm, and safe environment. They include kindness, resilience, momentum, and gratitude.

Episode Outline:

[03:47] The need for psychological safety: People need to feel safe and secure.

[11:11] Is kindness a weakness or a strength?

[17:23] You’ll get the most productivity from people by simply asking these three questions…

[20:40] As a leader you are using your kindness and your empathetic qualities to really truly see people, hear them, and value them.

About Neil Schambra Stevens:

Neil Schambra Stevens is a Founder, Advisor and People Strategist, focusing on well-being and productivity in the workplace, especially for the Next Generation of leadership.

He draws on over 20 years’ experience as a CMO/VP with Fortune 500 brands and corporations, including Converse, Vans, Levi’s, and Polaroid.

This experience has highlighted the importance of putting ‘People First’ and encouraging them to be their best selves, both individually and collectively as a team.

He believes in the importance of people to be seen, to be heard and to be valued and has created bespoke programs and strategies to enable leaders to achieve this whilst working remotely.

He enables this through practices in kindness, gratitude, momentum and resilience, which are the founding principles of Mercury Jam, his business consultancy.

Originally from the UK, his career path has enabled him to collect life and work experiences along the way across Europe, Asia and US.

Neil believes in simplicity and encourages the principle of “Working From Anywhere’, and currently lives and runs Mercury Jam from a houseboat in Amsterdam.

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