Too many egos, too much brain damage. With so many employment options, and with Entrepreneurs popping up everywhere, it’s time to refocus our compassionate tools. If we dig down deep- everyone who is healthy cares. It’s about authentically and intentionally showing it, regularly. I know, you may not be a “huger”… although 3 hugs a day does keep the doctor away. 🙂 *But it’s the genuinely warm comments, personal relationships, birthday wishes and so on that keep work from feeling like a “have to.”
Some leaders feel they are too busy to collaborate with most employees. I believe that’s their mistake. This is a collaborative world. If you hire Millennials, (18-30) that is the ONLY world they will stay a part of for any length of time. We no longer wish to take part of that worn out, overly authoritative corporate model of our parents generation, although some companies are still slow to evolve. Some leaders think it takes too much energy to connect with their people outside of agenda driven meetings (yawn). But- it takes more energy to do the damage control, and deal with the constant turn over resulting from not taking time to treat employees or volunteers like their difference TRULY matters. If you manage a team, hear them out. Block out team dialogue times at least 4 times per year. Brainstorm. Get feedback. Have fun doing it. Learn. Be genuinely interested. Let them have some skin in the game. It will make them feel a part. It will expand your knowledge and perspective. It will encourage great relationships. People are so smart and creative. *They don’t want to work like robots.
Throw a really cool, FUN party. Don’t give a sales meeting or do any “work laundry” there. Relax. Connect. Leave your cell phone in the car. Celebrate. LAUGH. Give Starbucks cards out occasionally (or a good local coffee shop that does the community well) Give Turkeys (organic) or Sparkling Apple Cider during the holidays. Give an extra day break close to a weekend sometime, just because. If your company is making fabulous money, give a nice bonus or a trip out. *Honor those faithful people. They will be happier, and happy people produce more, and stay longer.
Workplaces are made up of people. People who think, live, dream, have issues, have questions, have stories. Leadership means listening…even when it takes up time. Even when it’s out of your comfort zone. Even when it’s about personal stuff. People need people, and good leaders support and mentor their team by listening. *If they seem to need too much support, have them hire a Business or Life Success Coach. Bringing in a professional team building coach for your team can also be a fun and relationship-building experience all can grow from.
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