Do you feel like there is room for improvement in your team's performance?
Specifically after working remote for over a year, does the distance within the team feel bigger than it has ever been?
In that case, keep reading!
I am Valentina Fermanelli, PhD and I am here to help your team feel more connected.
Remote work is threatening the sense of belonging in the team
Right now more than ever the lack of face to face interactions jeopardizes team performance.
The missing key is psychological safety, the common factor among the highest achieving teams (1).
Psychological safety is defined by re:Work and Google as a state where team members feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable in front of others (1).
What research says
Have considered leaving their employers (2)
Report worsening of mental health after Corona (4)
Do not feel confident in leading a remote team (3)
Report feeling more isolated due to Corona (4)
What does that mean for YOUR team?
creativity and innovation within the team are threatened due to heightened feeling of isolation
mental health is affected so productivity is reduced and people are at increased risk of burn-out
We need to change something.
The time to think about how to counteract those effects is NOW.
Emotional well-being and psychological safety have to become a priority.
What if your team members could engage in a practice that increases their well-being and makes them feel closer?
What if your employees could learn an easy technique to cope with negative emotions and therefore be more vulnerable?
This would dramatically increase psychological safety!
Laughter Yoga and Emotional Freedom Techniques (or tapping) are a time-effective way to increase well-being and psychological safety in a team.
Research shows that laughing together increases the perception of similarities among individuals and therefore makes people feel closer (5).
Researcher Sophie Scott from UCL (University College of London) says that laughing makes us feel psychologically relaxed and safe (6).
Laughter decreases the level of the stress hormone (7). and increases serotonin (8). and endorphines (9).
Research shows that tapping reduces anxiety (10) and stress (10), so we can focus more on the tasks at hand, without feeling overwhelmed.
Fear of being judged is a negative emotion. Tapping reduces emotional distress (11).
After letting the fear go with tapping, we learn how to not hold ourselves back.
Being stuck in negative emotions blocks your team members from bringing their whole self at work.
With Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) not anymore.
of team members
Report feeling closer to each other after my program
Thanks to the program with Valentina, I feel we broke a barrier to reach a more personal and private facade of everyone in the team. I'd say I see better the person behind the colleague now
Participant to Laugh & Bond
Laugh & Bond - Team United
Psychological safety with laughter and tapping
You and your team need to be high-performing even during COVID.
Let me help you with my 6 week team program “Laugh & Bond” that was specifically designed for teams like yours.
With "Laugh & Bond" we are going to create an atmosphere of psychological safety and trust in the team so that communication, innovation and collaboration happens smoothly and everyone brings 100% of them to work.
Laughter Yoga sessions
For the team to feel more connected and psychologically safe
information about benefits of Laughter
for 5 weeks
For the team members to build more resilience and emotional intelligence
video with introduction to a topic and guided tapping
For the team members to be reminded of the importance of these practices
sharing the wins in life/work
PhD, Creator of Laugh & Bond - Team United
My name is Valentina Fermanelli and I am the creator of Laugh & Bond - Team United.
I am on a mission to create the most prosperous environment for teams to thrive by increasing their psychological safety and their emotional well-being. In that way the employees can only focus on their work and they do not waste time stuck with negative emotions.
One dark winter morning, Valentina came to our Leadership Team Meeting.
She engaged the team in the clapping, laughing and feel good exercises. The response was overwhelming! We all felt special, connected, energized and fully present to move with our meeting agenda.
Sergey Tiourine, Product Owner at Boeing
1) What psychological safety is and why it is important
2) Consequences of remote work on employees engagement
3) Managers feel challenged when leading a remote team
4) Mental health challenges due to Corona
5) Laughter brings us closer: scientific article
6) Laughter brings us closer: BBC article
7) Laughter decreases concentration of the stress hormone: scientific article
8) Laughter increases serotonin level: scientific article
9) Laughter increases endorphine level: scientific article
10) Emotional Freedom Techniques reduce anxiety and stres
11) Emotional Freedom Techniques reduce emotional distress