Love Is in the Air – Bring Some Into the Office

Love Is in the Air – Bring Some Into the Office
From Recruiter - February 14, 2017

Its Valentines Day. Love is in the airand if theres one thing people love, its love itself. After all, romance novels are a billion-dollar industry. Billions of dollars in flowers and gifts are being exchanged between significant othersas you read this.

But what does that have to do with, you ask? Thereshould be love in the workplace, thats what.

Not between employees necessarily, but between employee and employer.

Employees who love their jobs are more engaged, satisfied, and productive. They skip work less, they work better with colleagues, and they are less likely to quit. So why arent more companies showing employees the love?

The resistance to emotion in the workplace goes back to the Industrial Age, says S. Chris Edmonds, executive consultant, author, and founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group. Humans were viewed as cogs in a wheel. They werent supposed to have a life outside of work, much less experience or express joy at workor anywhere else. Certainly the post-World War II workplace was influenced by the greatest generation and the baby boomers that followed them, but the influence was a deepening of the workplace as clinical, professional, quiet, and the like.

Edmonds says that love is a loaded term, which may be part of why we dont associate it with the workplace.

[The word 'love'] assumes everyone hugs each other every hour, etc., Edmonds says.The power of expressing genuine appreciation is not about hugging or high fivesits about validating others efforts and accomplishments daily.

Edmonds cites a2014 TinyPulse reportthat found only 21 percent of employees feel strongly valued on the job.In his eyes, this is a huge problem.

The lack of love in the workplace speaks to the generation gap that currently exists as baby boomers retire and Generation X and millennials move into top roles.

Most companies dont quite know how to deal with the millennial generation, who want freedom, flexibility, and a variety of experiences in and out of the workplace, Edmonds says. A recent Deloitte study found that companies will attract and retain millennials if they accommodate these desires and if they create a culture that rewards open communications, ethical behavior, and inclusiveness. The companies that do embrace these characteristics arenot surprisinglyviewed as great places to work.


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