Too many workplaces continue to ignore the basic needs of human beings.
Too many leaders still see this aspect as ‘soft’.
Doing the important work of building emotional intelligence into our management systems and skills is vital. Soft skills with hard benefits.
Yet old management habits can be hard to break. In a world which is changing rapidly, the way we manage people is too often not working. Despite all the rapid changes in technology, consumer behaviour and the way we work, the one thing that hasn’t noticeably changed in over 100 years is our approach to management of people!
There is a better way.
We can start by deciding to intentionally put people first. We can show our appreciation and respect for other human beings through our actions at work. We can acknowledge people for who they are, rather than the job they do.
What if managers created the environment for people to feel driven by purpose at the beginning of each working day? How would it feel for those people to finish work each day feeling valued and fulfilled? Imagine the impact on results in our organisations and the positive impact for wider society.
There is nothing soft about this, it’s one of the hardest things a good manager can do.