Recent research findings from ‘Yale university’ News say that “When we truly, selflessly wish for the well-being of others…” the part of our brain which expects a reward, gets switched off. Which simply means that as human beings, we are naturally wired and designed to truly and selflessly help others without expecting a reward!
The original design was a selfless design:
It always interests and amazes me when I see science proving that we were originally designed by our Creator in a certain way (a good way), and then we changed over time due to various factors.
Today we live in a society where we think, “What is in it for me” before doing anything for others. Specially in a work and workplace context, it almost seems normal to be selfish and not do anything without a return. But this research shows that our brain is not naturally wired that way. Overtime we have probably trained our human mind to expect a reward every time we help someone.
Even though this concept of helping other selflessly applies to all the areas of our lives, I want to focus a bit on our work life. Each one of us needs to ask ourselves today: “Who have I helped in my workplace selflessly? Have I gone out of my way to help someone? Have I taken a bit of extra effort to make sure they got what they needed?”
The original God-given purpose of work:
The Bible has an interesting scripture (Ephesians 4:28) which talks about how a thief has to stop stealing and get back to honest work. The reason is very interesting. English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible says, “… doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need”.
In an earlier blog, I have shared the ‘Original purpose of work’ and how God created work. In that post you will see that the meaning of “work” from Genesis 2:15 is ‘to serve’. Serving is all about helping others and giving selflessly.
Some invisible rewards:
Even though our human brain switches off the ‘reward centre’ switch when acting selflessly, I think there are some invisible rewards in a workplace context:
- We build an atmosphere of trust when we help selflessly in the workplace
- We trigger the act of giving which starts a new cycle of giving where everyone acts without expecting anything in return
- Giving creates work relationships that are unconditional and last for a longer time
- Helping other selflessly opens doors for others to reach out to you when you need help
- Helping others selflessly also shows your leadership skills (good leaders always help others in need)
- Helping others helps you build a team around you that will want to stand with you during tough times at work
- Helping other creates a workplace where people feel like they belong and invariably love their job
If you are an entrepreneur or business owner, try to create a work environment where people help each other selflessly. Create an atmosphere of giving in work relationships.
If you are a working professional, just get out of your seat, find someone who needs help and be a blessing to them today. If you look carefully, you will find that someone in your next cabin or next seat might need your help in someway or the other. Keep looking. Simple things like getting someone a glass of water, holding the door, tapping them on the back asking them “Whassup” or getting them a cup of tea could be a great starting point of cultivating this attitude of helping others in the workplace.
And finally, always be ready to help. Helping someone is a good seed sown!