Why make the workplace a happy place?

Is it surprising to learn that people work better when they are happy and feel good about themselves and others?  Is it any wonder that people are more productive when they are happy and feel respected by their employers, who they believe seek to provide the best and safest workplaces possible?  Is it logical to expect that the increased productivity of happy people results in increased profitability or some other desired outcome?

If all of this is true, why then do not most employers create workplace environments that encourage their people to enjoy and appreciate their places to work and the enjoyment they share with their workmates?  If we know these ideas to be true, why don’t the captains of industry understand how beneficial simple considerations can be to increase value many times over? If you know, please tell me.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

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What is the Ship in Leadership?

As a verb, the word “ship” connotes action which is not unlike the word “motivation” that is effectively an acronym for “motive for action.”  Therefore, the leader is a force for action, of him or herself and others.  Leaders know that their staffs, teams or organizations must constantly move forward to achieve reasonable and measurable goals.

Leaders rejoice in the success of their people.  Rather than needing accolades for themselves, they bask in the reflected glory of others.  This propensity inures from the leader’s ability to find a reasonable balance between their intellectual and emotional natures and is their true measure of success.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

Are you empathetic?

Empathy is a quality that causes one to understand the challenges of others and to appreciate the difficulties of those who are experiencing unhappy circumstances.  One may feel empathetic although be reluctant to express such feelings for various reasons, not the least of which is the misconception between empathy and sympathy. The terms empathy and sympathy are often confused and with good reason.  Both of the words deal with the relationship one has to the feelings and experiences of another.

For many, the difficulty is not so much in the feelings as it is in the expression of the feelings themselves.  In times past such expressions may have been considered unmanly, yet today it is not uncommon for both men and women to be able to express themselves from their caring natures.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

Are Your Profit Goals Reasonable?

The profit objective of most every public corporation is to maximize shareholder value, typically known as profit maximization.  However, in a profit maximization strategy the primary winner is the owner to the detriment of employees, who get less and customers who have to pay more in order to satisfy a single constituency. A better, fairer goal is profit optimization in which owners, employees, customers and other stakeholders benefit in some reasonable proportion.

Goals that serve to maximize the benefit to a single stakeholder are reflective of the greed that motivates the worst in corporate behavior and that tarnishes the reputation of capitalism and alienates a population that elects conversely contrary governments who oppose, or who say they oppose the status quo. Maximized capitalism, while bad, is no worse than socialism that diminishes individual responsibility, since there is nothing worse than giving a person something he knows he hasn’t earned.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.