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Mimicry, motivation and how corporate culture gets built one face at a time (Fact Company)

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Sporting events are more exciting when watching from the stands; comedies are funnier in movie theaters. Emotions are contagious, so when other people express an emotion it gets amplified and we adopt it ourselves. This mimicry makes us feel in sync with others, which helps establish bonds. This happens on a subconscious level, which means colleagues influence behavior whether you’re aware of it or not. This human tendency can be useful for energizing employees be pairing them with highly motivated colleagues. However, someone on staff who is not a positive influence can have the same effect on fellow workers. This motivational synchronicity is most impactful on organizations that rely on creativity and problem solving to succeed.