All of a sudden it happens. You flip the TV or radio on over this past weekend and it is Christmas once again! Although the holiday tunes on your favorite station are refreshingly nostalgic, you come to a sudden realization, what do you get the people who work for you this season? Time is flying. Panic sets in.
Organizational perks and benefits now match this lean economy. The holiday parties are not even close to grandiose any more. What does one do? At the heart of all Dale Carnegie training is employee engagement. And when you think about it, the best holiday gift one can give another in any organization is absolutely free. And it is very simple. Make a point at taking an interest in your employees as human beings. By taking an interest in who they are and what goes on in their lives especially at this time of year, brings unbounded riches to the workplace.
Elton Mayo, the organizational theorist famous for his Human Relations Theory, espoused that by paying positive attention to people any business will flourish. A personal and professional attachment with people at work, who work for you, just makes things better.
Employees can find only distress and loneliness when they think their boss is an uncaring scrooge. People dread being “unknowns” at work. Social needs are critical and necessary for individual and team success. The need to belong is essential. Bosses this time of year can create additional motivation and enthusiasm just by asking: “How are things going? Are you ready for the Holidays? I am there for you!”
Involving and engaging the team has always been there. It is available 24/7. It makes sense, and it is so cost-effective.
It is so obvious, that sometimes you forget that it is missing in the workplace. We often do not think about it. Dale Carnegie did and he preached it. So did Elton Mayo. A manager needs to be interested in people from so many perspectives. It makes a manager an effective leader. For people, it is not the money, or the position that they care about. It is you and the organization!
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