5 Things to Know About Working With Highly Sensitive People

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Being sensitive tends to have negative connotations, especially in the workplace. This, however, is a huge misconception.

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. first researched the traits of high sensitive people back in the early ’90s, finding that as many as one in five people can identify with being highly sensitive. Traits include reflecting on things more than others, worrying about how others feel and preferring quieter environments. Aron authored The Highly Sensitive Person and has even developed a self-test (which you can download here) to determine if you are a highly sensitive person.

Aron and Ted Zeff, Ph.D., author of The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, recently provided The Huffington Post with a list of habits of highly sensitive people. Below are the habits that relate to work life and productivity.

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Company Offers Travel Budget to Get Employees Out of Their Comfort Zone

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It’s become the norm for Americans to ignore their vacation days and work year round without taking more than a day or two off at a time. But the routine can get boring very quickly. For those in creative positions, it is especially important to go out into the world, experience new things, and get out of the mundanity of a typical work routine. It is this idea that inspired a creative agency in Southern California to offer a $1,500 travel budget to employees.

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Happy Employees Are Productive Employees

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This is a guest post by Heidi Cardenas.

There’s no denying that employees who are happy with their surroundings are happier at work. And by extension, employees who are more physically comfortable and aren’t distracted by awkward desk arrangements or back pain from uncomfortable chairs are able to be more focused on work, states Wellnomics.

As entrepreneurs and small business owners will find, attention to the work environment is important. From ergonomics to color and light, to amenities like coffee stations and snacks, all of these aspects of an office help create happy employees and thus pay off for the bottom line.

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