Genuine fun in the workplace, whether it is the demeanor or activities, can be a strong cohesive factor for an organization and its culture. Case in point: several years ago I had the pleasure of working for Tandem Computers, and although it was a large organization the company culture was something the employees embraced. Employees worked very hard, shared their time and energy with coworkers and customers, and the regular 'fun' events were optional but something that nearly every employee looked forward to. The company was eventually sold to Compaq, and eventually blended into the company we now know as HP. Many years later the memories of the original Tandem culture is something that all former 'Tandemites' cherish -- it's something that one rarely encounters yet is wonderful when you do. When people are happy in their job and learn to laugh together through the tough projects they tend to be willing to work harder and longer. The culture can go a long way toward making the difference between 'just a job' and a 'career'.
It's a trait we rarely think about in a business setting, but Stacey Epstein argues that it's actually the most important leadership trait you can have.
Joan M. Mathew's insight:
Empathy is not just important for good leaders -- it's really important for everyone because it helps foster good working relationships and makes people feel as though they *matter*. That's a big deal, no matter what your role.
The problems of leadership begin with words. Say the wrong thing and clients head for the door. Relationships blow up. Production declines. Tensions escalate. Employees lose motivation. Words are t...
Via Mike Klintworth
Doing work that you are passionate about provides great satisfaction and is a natural motivation to being more productive; however, even busy, satisfied people can get burned out. If you find yourself feeling a little 'frayed around the edges' despite doing work that you enjoy then it is time to step back and away, clear your mind, and take a break (or a vacation). Fatigue and stress can have a significant negative effect on everyone -- make time to take a break and recharge!
“ Most managers spend 80% of their time with those who only do 20% of the work while the top talent quietly does 80% of the workload with minimal fuss. It is easy to get distracted by the high”
Via Bobby Dillard, John Michel
Joan M. Mathew's insight:
Some projects and specific individuals may require more attention from management at various times; however, it is always appropriate to express appreciation of your top performers for their contribution. There are many ways to express appreciation to valued contributors on a team or project, and failing to do so will result in diminished sense of satisfaction and overall productivity on the part of the contributor. Once that happens those contributors will be more likely to seek opportunities elsewhere.
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