Why Not Focusing on Relationships Can be as Unhealthy as Smoking 15 Cigarettes…Per Day!

Want to live longer?

Doug Hacking, the author of Relationship Resonance says to focus on building relationships. “We are relational beings and building networks is part of our DNA,” said Hacking. “In fact, research shows that when we build strong networks, we actually live longer and happier lives. And those that neglect relationships and isolate themselves create the same negative impact on their health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

This doesn’t only apply to personal relationships, though. Professional relationships are extremely important for our career as well as happiness. That is why Hacking wrote Relationship Resonance. “Relationships win in business period,” said Hacking. “Businesses don’t take care of customers. People take care of customers. And people don’t quit jobs. They quit bosses. So focusing on improving internal and external relationships is a win-win.”

How do relationships impact anxiety and depression?

“14 percent of newly diagnosed cases of depression and anxiety are due to job strain which can be directly and indirectly tied to the relationships you have with your boss,” said Hacking. “And in the flip side, companies that have highly engaged workforces enjoy a 147% earning per share advantage over the competition. And the fastest route to engaged teams is great relationships with their managers and coworkers. So the impact can be huge!”

The statistics are clear. Relationship-driven workforces outperform organizations that take relationships for granted, so how should leaders go about creating positive change in their workplace?

Hacking teaches the E.Q.U.I.P. model in his book, which stands for encourage, quality time, understanding, invest, and presence. Whether you’re a leader or aspire to be one, take a moment to read through Hacking’s book as well as workbook Relationship Resonance to sharpen your managerial skills as well as make a concrete difference in your life and the lives of those around you.

You may even live longer as a result.

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