I have been lucky enough to find some time recently to read a lot of books. I made a list that I had wanted to read for a while, and reserved them at my local library.
One of the books I read contained a beautiful quote from Elvis Presley:
“I believe the key to happiness is: someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to”
It is a simple message, but really struck me in its relationship to work.
Someone to Love
A big part of how we happy we are at work is directly related to WHO we work with. A sense of team and shared values aligned to the business will make a workplace hum. Of course, we don’t have to like everyone we work with, but it is important to respect them and what they have to offer at work.
It starts with identifying the values of your business and really thinking about what it is you stand for. This is what will clarify what your business is doing and where you are going. Once you have established these values, you can build them into your recruitment and performance management activities, ensuring that you look for your values in new recruits and you hold existing employees accountable.
Something to Do
I have seen productivity issues in many workplaces. Sometimes this is because employees are not being managed correctly, the systems need improving or they just don’t know what to do!
Employees need clarity in their role, and where their responsibilities lie in relation to others. Position Descriptions are a great tool to clarify the duties and responsibilities of employees. It is important for not only the employee to be clear, but for everyone else to know as well.
Something to Look Forward To
We all need hope for the future.
Without something to look forward to, one day can blend into the next.
Creating Performance Development Plans in your workplace that can be connected to a Reward and Recognition Program are things that look to the future.
Having some simple goals to work towards, that if achieved, may result in a bonus, voucher or a great Christmas party can be really motivating. Even a sincere thankyou when a job is well done is powerful.
So how do we make this happen?
You may already be doing some of these things in your workplace already, or this might be the first time you have heard of these things.
HR Gurus can help you implement any of these programs to get your workplace on track for 2018……. maybe with just a little bit of Elvis on softly in the background.
Written by resident HR Guru Danielle Walsh