In our previous article, we ended with the thought of how to make
our people happy. As we all know, endless surveys and studies
and even discussions in business and networking sites have
been made about this.
For starters, a good guide would be to understand Maslow's
hierarchy of needs. Since everybody has his own needs, wants
and dreams -- being happy is a person-to-person basis. Thus,
get to know your people a little more. Talking to your people is
never a waste of time or effort but employee turn over is, so
recognize their requirements and don't get under their skin.
Foster a healthy working environment.
"You can't treat people like an expense item." - Andrew Grove
See, employees are human beings not equipments that you
could just take for granted or throw away. More so, fathom that
money maybe a good motivator to most but a good treatment is
a necessity to all. Be empathic. I am sure you have heard of it
so many times already but it's about time you apply it.
Making your people happy is crucial to retaining the best talents
and attracting potentials. Realize that if you do not treat people
well, not only will they leave you but news will leak on what kind of
organization you have. And it's not something that would help
your company move with great strides.
Word-of-mouth works on employees and leaders just like
how it works on customers.
"You can do a lot of talking to your employees, and you can buy
turkeys at Christmas if that's your hobby, but it isn't going to help
you one bit to keep the employee happy." - Thomas J. Watson
Hence, know that good treatment does not mean pampering.
Pampering would even hamper your child's potential to be the
best that he can be. Good treatment is about valuing your people
Consider the basics.
Give your people job security... you get their legs;
give your people recognition... you get their ears;
give your people space... you get their eyes;
give your people growth... you get their hands;
give your people authority... you get their minds;
give your people respect... you get their souls;
give your people yourself... you get their hearts.
Do you follow?
"The worse mistake a boss can make is not to say 'well done'."
- John Ashcroft