Dear SOTGC community,
As you know, money does not always drive one’s happiness, but one’s environment often makes the difference. Why is that? Research continues to show that when employees feel appreciated and valued, and they trust the leader, productivity and performance improves. People simply work smarter and better when they feel valued and appreciated.
How Do You Create An Environment Where People Thrive?
1. Treat each Employee as a Leader: In many companies there are leaders that often have blinders on to other members of the team. But when management opens their eyes and sees the value in each employee and treats them as a leader, the company works as one and thrives. Even the lowest level employee on the career ladder has a purpose and brings value to the company. When employees feel they bring value and their voice counts, their ability to perform and be more productive increases. They have skin in the game. The sense of belonging makes them feel responsible for what they do. And to do it well. A leader must make it comfortable for employees to share their voice and knowledge, and let them know that their opinion counts.
2. Recognize and Reward Each Employee: By recognizing and rewarding your employees, you see the difference in how they work and allow their talents to unfold. It is important to recognize the team for a job well done. But it is often a single employee that has played a key role in the development of a job. Without playing favorites, recognize the employee according to his or her accomplishments. It can be a small gesture, such as a ticket to a conference, the opportunity to represent the boss at a meeting, or even a day off. Keep in mind, recognition should not be a monthly or yearly occurrence, but a daily one. Recognizing and appreciating employees makes them feel valued and lets them know that their work counts towards the mission and purpose of the organization.
3. Show Compassion. Compassion is often a word that comes with a soft connotation, especially in the workplace. But when compassion is shown throughout the organization, studies have shown that employees feel a sense of connectivity.Compassion isthe ability to feel empathy and is characterized by an overall friendliness towards each other. When there is genuine compassion, cooperation and loyalty increase and employees experience less stress. In a study from the University of Texas, Kristen Neff explains that compassion for one self and others makes one happier and healthier. It also helps you deal in challenging situations, difficult conversations, and manage change.
One way to build a compassionate organization is to take the time to get to know your employees. Understand their beliefs, talents, experiences, and personal lives. When you tie their personal life into their work life, a connection is built and it shows that you care. Think about how you felt when someone cared about you. The result was hard work and a job well done.
4. Create an Open Format to Share Ideas. When employees have the freedom and flexibility to explore and create, new ideas are generated.If employees are worried and afraid of not being right, they don’t think outside the box. When they are open to creating, however, and not thinking about whether it is right or wrong, creativity and innovation occurs. As Eileen Fisher advocates, it is about“not knowing” that makes it easier to learn from others. When leaders make it a point to have an open format to freely share ideas and explore new possibilities, success happens.
When you view your organization as people working together for a common goal, trust builds. Showing compassion and being able to freely express ideas, regardless of whether they are good or bad, does not make an organization soft. Instead it builds an organization that supports and believes in the people, mission, and purpose.
How does your organization create an open, trusting environment? Please leave a comment and thank you for sharing on your social media.