The Business Society Podcast

Rituals & Routines For Success

May 20, 2021 Melissa Houston / Erica Keswin Episode 39
The Business Society Podcast
Rituals & Routines For Success
Show Notes

“Rituals do ground us and give us a sense of safety which we all really need right now.”

—  Erica Keswin

Best-selling author Erica Keswin didn’t know that COVID-19 was on the horizon when she wrote her book Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace.

But somehow, she managed to tap into a very timely topic for our pandemic era.

Erica’s book dives into the science and psychology behind rituals. She defines a ritual as something that we assign a certain meaning or intention, which happens with repetition (whether daily, weekly, or even yearly), and which goes beyond its practical purpose.

Rituals can help us mark a transition from being “at work” to being “at rest” in a work-from-home situation. They can help us feel a sense of connection to those participating in a ritual with us. And engaging in a ritual can give us a sense of purpose.

While many people think of rituals as things that you do alone, rituals are actually built into workplace practices in all sorts of ways, including onboarding, meetings, and the celebrations of professional milestones. 

And you'd be surprised at the benefits that rituals can have for workplaces — yes, even digital ones!

In‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode,‌ ‌you’ll discover:‌ ‌

>  Why leaders should maintain (or invent) rituals in the pandemic area — and how they help with morale

>  Why some CEOs are seeing higher employee engagement during lockdown than ever before

>  The importance of integrating connection and company values into your business rituals 

About Erica Keswin

Erica is a workplace strategist, consultant, speaker, and professional dot-connector. She is the bestselling author of Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That’s Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World, and Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace. Her work can be seen in outlets including Harvard Business Review, NY Post, Forbes, O Magazine, and Entrepreneur. She hosts the Left to Our Own Devices podcast.

Highlights:‌ ‌

01:30  Meet Erica Keswin

02:39  Ritual definition

04:01  The three Ps 

05:37  Workplace rituals

08:04  Rituals in a pandemic

09:56  Onboarding while disconnected

12:33  Intentionality & engagement

14:48  LinkedIn InDay 

18:44  Turnover costs

20:15  Boundaries

23:49  Takeaway

Links:‌ ‌

Erica Keswin

Instagram: @ericakeswin

Twitter: @erica_keswin


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