Feelings. That is a subject we just don’t like to talk about in a work setting. When we walk into the workplace, we are to check our feelings in at the door. Feelings are not welcome here. Just like there is no crying in baseball, there are no feelings at work.
We expect employees to turn into Spock, the fictional character in Star Trek who serves as the science officer aboard the starship Enterprise. He is half Vulcan and half human. Vulcans are known for their logic and evidently have no feelings. The problem with Spock is that his human side counteracts his no-nonsense Vulcan side and he becomes conflicted, yet a better science officer.
Feelings make you a better leader. Do not allow any other business “expert” tell you that feelings should not enter into the equation of decision-making. If your most important asset is people – most companies have this posted on the wall of their lobby – then your people are human and they have feelings. Decisions you make that impact people will have an impact on their feelings.
If you want to create a great workplace, consider the human side of your decision. Feelings can ultimately impact your finances.