U.S. workers are miserable.
Close to 70% of U.S. workers are miserable at work. According to Gallup’s last employee engagement survey, 68.5% of U.S. employees were either not engaged or actively disengaged at work.
As leaders, we can do better.
It should be your goal to build an award-winning best place to work. Consider providing leadership skills training that teaches managers to be the 21st Century leaders you need for a successful enterprise.
I strongly recommend you ask all leaders and employees to sign a statement similar to the one below. Require current employees as well as future new hires to review and sign the statement. Also, follow-up with frequent messages and training surrounding your values and how people should be treated.
Ten Guiding Principles:
Building an Award-Winning Great Workplace
I will treat all people associated with my organization with complete trust, dignity and respect.
I will seek to understand the mission of my organization and how my job fits within the big picture.
I will listen to others and vigorously debate important issues in a cordial manner, knowing educated decisions are best for the organization.
I will not participate in destructive, energy-wasting political maneuvers to gain an advantage over fellow coworkers.
I will possess the moral courage to assist coworkers who are being treated disrespectfully by another employee or member of management.
I will be dedicated, focused and always looking for ways to improve myself and my area of responsibility.
I will stay informed on company news and information as well as the latest financial results.
I will respect my fellow coworkers’ varying work-styles.
I understand work is part of my life but should not consume my life, allowing me to be a well-rounded person for the benefit of my family, organization and society.
If I am a member of management, I am fully committed to help employees with guiding principles #1 through #9.
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