RESEARCH

ACTIVE INTERPERSONAL LISTENING IS PROVEN TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEE WELLBEING AND PRODUCTIVITY

 THE BAD 

Experts in workplace psychology overwhelmingly agree that burnout is a growing public health crisis. 

The issue affects people in all sectors: one doctor dies by suicide every day in the US. Stress, depression or anxiety account for 44 percent of all work-related ill-health cases in Britain, and 57 percent of all working days lost due to ill health, according to the government’s health and safety executive. Prof. Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford University, author of Dying for a Paycheck says that 

"Chronic illness is 86 percent of the $2.6TN US healthcare spend. And much of it comes from stress-related behaviours”

 THE GOOD 

Listening seems to make an employee more relaxed, more self-aware of his or her strengths and weaknesses, and more willing to reflect in a non-defensive manner.

This can make employees more likely to cooperate (versus compete) with other colleagues, as they become more interested in sharing their attitudes, but not necessarily in trying to persuade others to adopt them, and more open to considering other points of view. Companies that stress listening as a valuable skill are more likely to retain employees longer and keep them healthier!

 

CAN INVESTING IN PLAYFUL INTERPERSONAL LISTENING REALLY IMPACT CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH AT WORK?  YES! 

It can dictate the quality, and the fluency of speakers' stories

It has the power to shape speakers’ self-knowledge and memory

It can lead to a positive personality change

It can lead to fewer sick days

It increases satisfaction from the relationships with colleagues and managers

It contributes to a rise in social cohesiveness

It increases the desire to collaborate

It increases employee retention

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REFLEXIVE

MUSIC

Reflexive communication is a language conceptualized through ongoing musical quest conducted by founder and composer Keren Rosenbaum with her Reflex Ensemble since 1999. 

Reflexive Communication is the key to building confidence, trust, creativity, and productivity. I understood that most of us have forgotten how to be playful so I created an Active Listening Playground that removes barriers to listening and creates opportunities for reconnecting with our childlike self. It’s there, under the cover of playfulness, that musicians discover new freedoms.

The innovative music notation 'Reflex Invisible Score' (published in Notations21 by Theresa Sauer) began spreading with Rosenbaum's work while composing communities around the world. The Reflexive mindset stresses the collecting of perspectives and self-awareness through our senses. Practicing and performing Reflexive Music provokes the imagination, enhances resilience, and fosters agility and a new trust between body and mind. The music research conducted with professionals began to involve non-professionals and today it is introduced to all. ​

With Reflexive Music the sum becomes greater than the odd marriage of its various parts. The original musical structure that provokes relationships between elements of different media. While the elements maintain an independence they are perfectly synced into cohesion while engaging in a direct passionate dialogue with the oppositional and complementary forces of other media. Developing this unique perspective to musical creation grew out of Rosenbaum’s pre-condition called synesthesia, which is a mixing of the senses. In her case the auditory being interpreted with taste, sound and texture. Reflexive Music is described as avant-Garde music and also referred to as Interdisciplinary music.