This Valentine’s Day, encourage love, passion and devotion in the workplace. Wait! Not the Romeo and Juliette kind of love that leads to all sorts of heartache and drama. The kind of workplace love that the companies on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list seem to know about. They understand the power of creating a place where people love to work; their collective business performance outperforms the S&P 500 by over 100%!
What’s their super-secret Love Potion?
Most importantly, a culture that nurtures strong and “high quality” relationships between employees. Top rated employers develop strategies for employees to get to know each other on a personal basis. Google (America’s most loved workplace) provides cafeterias with delicious, healthy, free food. Why? To encourage mingling between employees and promote friendly relationships at all levels. Perks like free food, generous benefits and competitive salaries are attractive, but great workplace relationships trump all! This is equally true for organizations large and small.
Play Cupid and create a workplace that your employees love!
Start laying a strong cultural foundation with a clearly-defined Mission. This gives all employees something to rally around and stay focused on through thick and thin. Additional steps include:
- Build a reputation as an employer that hires carefully to consistently attract high performers.
- Trust high-performing employees; train, empower, let ‘em go!
- Value all employees, no matter their job title, and demonstrate that with caring practices.
For more insight, read the book “Work Rules!” by Laszlo Buck, Google’s SVP of People Operations. Make Valentine’s Day 2016 the start to a profitable love affair between your organization and its employees!
Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” articles: