This may sound like a silly statement. Who doesn't put people first?
It seems simple, but do we really think organizations operate this way? When you look at organizations’ actions you can tell they do not put people first. Leaders use the standard phrases such as, "We put our people first, we care about our employees, or we are committed to the success of our employees." But do we see that happening?
At the drop of a hat they are demoralizing their people, terminating them because of a power struggle, or they just don't care what their employees think or say. The old saying, “Actions speak louder than words,” is truer today than ever before.
People first should be easy. It should be the cornerstone of every business, unless your business is run by robots. There are clear benefits to an organization or a team when they put their teammates first.
By doing things like making decisions for your organization with your whole team in mind or giving employees the autonomy to make their own decisions in projects, you will truly be working with a people first mentality.
The benefits of this include:
Increased loyalty from your team members
Ability to attract top talent
Increased performance from your team
Faster time to meet goals
Greater collaboration in your organization
Research from the University of Warwick found that people who were happier at work were 12% more productive than those who were unhappy.
So, stop saying you put your people first while at the same time you are putting them down. Take time to appreciate your team and you will be amazed at how far they will go to make you successful.
Until next time…I’m Marty, make every minute count.