When your team is struggling, using the word “together” can motivate people, increase performance and boost morale, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Researchers divided people into two groups and told one group that they were working “together” with others to solve a problem, even though they were physically alone in separate rooms. The other group wasn’t told they were working with other people to solve the problem. The “psychologically together” group worked nearly 50% longer, had more correct answers, remembered details of the project more clearly and felt less tired by the task than the group that wasn’t working with others.
Lesson: When you announce changes or new plans—and particularly when your employees are overwhelmed—use the word “together” often to make people feel connected and supported.
— Adapted from “One Word That Can Change Your Work Life,” Robin Madell, U.S. News & World Report, http://money.usnews.com.