First Business

March 12, 2012

HR: Nurture the love of the workplace

Valentine’s Day reminds us of the message of love. However, we generally don’t think of love as it applies to business. Yet there is so much to gain when we bring “love” into the workplace. Much like a long-term relationship, we can find that the love is gone one day, when we don’t take the steps to ensure it is active. So how do we ensure we have love in the workplace, and don’t lose it? 1. Find your bliss. In order to give love we have to be sure we’re filled with love ourselves. As Steve Jobs said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Or as Albert Schweitzer said: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Loving your job is not only a benefit to you, but it has an enormous “spill over effect” to your customers, co-workers and family. Think about that person who only goes through the motions in their job, or worse yet, is watching the clock, waiting for 5 p.m. so they can leave. Remember: Communication is 10 percent words and 90 percent emotional energy. If you don’t love what you are doing, you aren’t fooling anyone. 2. Create a vision statement.

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