In the last issue we began establishing a common understanding to the meaning of love in business and building a business case for creating more love at work. Today we continue our discussion by focusing on:
- How to recognize love in the workplace so you can create more love in your business
- Specific financial benefits companies achieve when more love is created in business
- Strategies to take action on to create positive change in your business
First let’s recap love’s meaning that we sought to agree upon in the last article because:
- Love is a way of being
- Love is foundational of who we are
- Love is the foundation we build upon to create our lives and businesses because all we create is a reflection of our inner selves
- Love is expressed in all we do, all we say and all we become
- Love is the essence of who and what we are at our very core selves
With this meaning in mind, here’s how you can recognize love in the workplace:
- Genuine care and concern to:
- Help others
- Build relationships
- Provide the best possible service
- Communicate openly and meaningfully
- Produce high quality work
- Communicate honestly and openly
- Include others to create a sense of connection, acceptance and belonging
- Let go of personal agendas and create a group agenda for the greater good of all
- Lift someone up when their morale is low with a smile, kind word or sincere compliment
- Be respectful of others beliefs, opinions and effort
- Truly listen, withhold judgment and seek understanding
- Provide guidance and support for improvement
- Encourage, inspire and empower others to perform at their highest potential
- Express gratitude
- Establish a shared vision and ensure each person understands their individual contribution and impact to the successful realization of this vision
- Create and build unity within teams and collectively as a company
- Collaborate and engage with others to build something far greater than able to do individually
- Achieve success for the company and each other
- and so much more
- Personal responsibility to:
- Meet deadlines
- Accept ownership for mistakes
- Hold self accountable
- Keep promises and commitments
- and so much more
- Common character traits shared and expressed by all people within a company:
- and so much more
Can you imagine if this perfect world of business existed? It is possible. Everyday each of us as leaders has the choice and ability to create more love through our words, actions and inactions in our:
- Employees or coworkers lives
- Customers lives and businesses
- Vendors and suppliers lives and businesses
- Own lives
All in life comes down to love or fear, when we choose to lead in love instead of fear it is a wise business strategy. This strategy creates transformational results, increases employee morale and builds a solid top and bottom line. Here are just a few of financial benefits companies experience by having a more positive work environment as stated in a report by the American Psychological Association Practice Organization:
- “In a study of 50 global companies, those with highly engaged employees increased operating income 19% and earnings per share almost 28% over one year, while companies with low employee engagement levels showed declines of 32% in operating income and 11% in earnings per share.”
- “The top five reasons employees stay with a particular company are: exciting and challenging work; opportunities for career growth, learning and development; high-quality co-workers; fair pay; and supportive management.”
- “In a study of 24 publically traded companies, those with high morale outperformed similar companies in their same industries by almost 2.5 to 1, while the stock prices of companies with medium or low morale lagged behind their industry peers by more than 1.5 to 1.”
As you can see creating more love in business makes solid financial sense too, so let’s make this actionable for your business so you can begin realizing the tremendous benefits that are possible within your company.
Make It Actionable™
With this in mind, here are some strategies to take action on immediately:
- Observe your employees and work environment as if you’re a first time outsider coming into your offices and answer:
- What level of love exists within the normal interactions of coworkers?
- Are people collaborative or self focused?
- Are people authentic and responsible to keep their promises? Or are they just making empty promises to look good for personal gain?
- Do they care about doing what’s best for the team and company? Or is there infighting and backstabbing as they seek to get ahead at the expense of others?
- Do employees’ values and behaviors align with the culture you seek to create through your leadership?
- What else can you do today to create more love in your business?
When you and your company take positive action to put more love in business today, you will be on your way to create transformation, make quantum leaps and achieve Breakthrough Success.
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