A RECIPE FOR LEADERS
By Anthony T. Eaton
What makes a positive work experience? First and foremost, the work needs to be fulfilling by bringing a sense of accomplishment. Secondly, the environment needs to be one that brings out the best both personally and professionally. So how does that happen?
It doesn’t matter if you are a CEO or a Janitor; everyone wants to be respected not for their position or title, but as a person with something to offer and feelings.
As human beings, we need to feel cared for, and that does not stop when we go to work. Care means taking an interest in employees as whole people, not just a means to an end.
Everyone wants recognition for their contribution, just not in the same way. Recognition in and of itself is not enough; it needs to be personal and meaningful.
We all want to feel like we are valued. Respect, care, and recognition are building blocks of feeling valued. This also sets the stage for creating a positive work experience.
When we are part of a team, we feel we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Real collaboration is each person being able to contribute to the greater good and supporting the rest of the players.
Leaders don’t create inspiration; they foster it and support an environment where it will take hold and grow. They do this by setting the example of respect, care, recognition, value, and teamwork and by holding others accountable.
The adage that when you take care of your employees they, in turn, take care of your customers is true, and it starts with those at the top setting the example. A positive work experience is a culmination of many things that takes work, dedication, and intention, and the ingredients are like a recipe; everything must be present for it to turn out.