“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.
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
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