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The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic

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Rituals Roadmap by Erica Keswin explains how rituals can bring focus, purpose, and connection to our personal and professional lives. The book offers practical steps for developing meaningful rituals that enhance team dynamics and improve work-life integration.

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    Workplace rituals make business sense.

    Being a journalist with the New York Times may sound glamorous – but, just like most of us, newsroom workers also have to contend with repetitive tasks like answering emails and attending meetings. For years, a beloved tradition at the newspaper helped break up the monotony. At exactly 4 p.m., a snack cart used to roll through the newsroom. Journalists rose and stretched, then headed over for some afternoon caffeine and conversation. 

    The 4 p.m. snack cart was a perfect workplace ritual – but why, exactly? And what do the words “workplace ritual” even mean? Well, the author believes all rituals tick a few very specific boxes. 

    The key message here is: Workplace rituals make business sense. What makes rituals work? 

    First, they need to rise beyond the practical. Let’s face it: Staff at the New York Times don’t really need a coffee cart – they can grab a coffee whenever they want. But gathering around that cart gave their coffee breaks greater purpose.

    Then there’s also something the author calls the Three Ps. One stands for purpose: as we’ve already seen, rituals make us feel part of something bigger. The other P is for psychological safety. And finally, the combination of purpose and psychological safety brings about greater performance. 

    Last but not least, you can always tell a good ritual by the fact that people miss it once it’s gone. A few years ago, the Times decided to get rid of the snack cart – and many journalists still regret that decision. 

    Creating rituals certainly requires psychological and emotional investment. But financially, they don’t really have to cost that much. For instance, the nonprofit organization DoSomething passes around a stuffed penguin toy at meetings. And Microsoft celebrates work anniversaries with M&Ms. 

    These little ceremonies are very affordable – but they are also priceless. They create social cohesion and engagement; they take away stress and reduce anxiety. These aren’t just lofty words: rituals make great business sense. The American Psychological Association found that workplace stress costs American companies $500 billion and 550 million workdays each year. 

    So simply by offering your employees a ritual, you can meet their need for belonging and purpose. And that creates a more human and engaging workplace.

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    What is Rituals Roadmap about?

    Rituals Roadmap (2021) is a modern-thinking guide about how to create workplace rituals that increase employee engagement and strengthen team commitment. It’s an essential piece of wisdom for the human workplace.

    Rituals Roadmap Review

    Rituals Roadmap (2021) is a thought-provoking book that explores the power of rituals and how they can positively impact our lives. Here are three reasons why this book stands out:

    • With insightful stories and relatable examples, it demonstrates how rituals can enhance our well-being and boost productivity.
    • By providing a practical roadmap for creating meaningful rituals, the book empowers readers to design rituals that align with their values and goals.
    • Its emphasis on building connections and fostering a sense of belonging through rituals adds an extra dimension, making it a compelling read for anyone seeking deeper personal connections.

    Who should read Rituals Roadmap?

    • Managers looking to learn a more human touch
    • Team leaders seeking to instill team spirit
    • Those who want the magic of ritual to transform their work lives

    About the Author

    Erica Keswin has spent the past twenty years helping high-end brands apply the human touch to their workplace. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. Her previous book, Bring Your Human to Work, was number two on the Wall Street Journal best seller list. 

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    What is the main message of Rituals Roadmap?

    The main message of Rituals Roadmap is the power of rituals to strengthen relationships, build resilience, and enhance well-being.

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    Is Rituals Roadmap a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Rituals Roadmap is a valuable read for anyone looking to improve their personal and professional lives. It provides practical insights and actionable steps for incorporating meaningful rituals.

    Who is the author of Rituals Roadmap?

    The author of Rituals Roadmap is Erica Keswin.

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