From the Top Down: How to Generate Optimism and Good Vibes for Employees
The happy employee tends to be a loyal one, and is far less likely to leave early. This saves the company significant sums of money-for unnecessary training and time lost. The satisfied employee is very much engaged with the task at hand. For the shopper or the client, the experience becomes a memorable one, with a certainty for repetition and word-of-mouth publicity. The happy well-adjusted employee feels that he/she is a valued contributing member of the staff. Such an employee will definitely exhibit a work ethic and attitude that reflect such trust and respect.
This infectious good feeling of optimism does wonders for the company brand which goes along with the corporate culture of the company. The corporate culture will evolve over time, and is a melding of the collective traits of all those who are employed by the company. The particular corporate culture of any business is exhibited in how management interacts with employees. It is also reflected by the staff in how they interpret the company philosophy and mission. Other components of the corporate culture include dress codes, fringe benefits, rate of employee turnover, hiring practices, promotions, client feedback, and overall inherent values. All of these factors together formulate the corporate culture. They are the special and unique style and policies of any successful business.
So how can businesses ‘tweak’ the corporate culture so as to generate employee satisfaction and general happiness? How is such happy optimism implemented and registered by the employee? It all comes from the top down. If morale is high at the upper echelons of a company, then it’s axiomatic that this good, warm ‘fuzzy feeling’ must filter down to the employees.
First of all, management should be very careful about who they are hiring. It is also essential that a prospective candidate familiarize him/herself with the corporate culture of the company they wish to work for. Interactions between management and employees should be positive and worthwhile. A good manager knows how to elicit the best from a valued employee. He/she is attentive to the needs of employees. The employee in turn can confide in their manager without the fear of any reprisals. The good manager is approachable and is a good listener. A sense of humor is a valuable trait to own. The manager who can be open for self-reproach, shows his workers that he too is human, and is also learning. Conflict resolution comes easily and quickly in such work environments.
The valued and respected employee is optimistic because he/she realizes they have an important stake in the company’s future since they are contributing to its growth. Staff meetings should contribute to generating excellent group dynamics. The professional manager learns about his/her employees’ likes and dislikes, and readily acknowledges success on their part. Let the good vibes roll!