Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day-a time to celebrate happiness and fulfillment in our relationships and a time to share our love.
Most of us will spend only part of this special day with our loved ones, about a third of the day sleeping, and another third at work.
Apparently, there isn’t a lot of love happening in the workplace. According to Gallup research, on average, more than 70% of people do not find happiness and fulfillment at work.
This is a troubling statistic, even if it’s only partially true. We all sacrifice too much to not work in a happier, more fulfilling environment.
Find a way to measure the happiness and fulfillment of your team. Do it formally or informally, but don’t assume you have one big happy, fulfilled family. Statistics indicate a different result that needs to be addressed.
If your team members don’t feel happy and fulfilled at work, you are headed for turmoil and disruption. That’s not where you should be spending your time and effort! Full employee engagement is where you want to be.
What can you do to achieve a team that is fully engaged? These suggestions get you started:
- Show a genuine interest in your employees’ career goals and professional growth. Help them achieve what they want.
- Elevate your level of recognition/appreciation for their effort and accomplishments. To preserve credibility, be sure you remain genuine and sincere.
- Greatly improve the frequency and quality of your communication with them. Always be transparent and consistent in your communication.
Keep this thought in mind: “All employees want to love what they do. If they can’t find it with you, they will look for it somewhere else.”
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day with those you love, both at home and at work.