FranklinCovey Consultant Blogs | Todd Wangsgard | Service Quality
The September issue of Outside Magazine features a collection of professionals-turned-transcendentalists who have abandoned their office job for a life of freedom and frolic in the career of their dreams. Most have traded a sizable salary for a piece of adventure and peace of mind, however their stories do provide life lessons that anyone can apply to his or her current situation without giving up that ‘day job.’ These lessons are perhaps most valuable to management as a remedy to keep A-players who may be considering a departure. The article is organized into reasons you may wish to seek employment in one of ‘65 Dream Jobs.’ Let’s take a closer look at those handful of reasons that good leaders can influence.
“You Have a Problem With Authority”
If you can’t create a more flat, accessible organization, do what you can to reduce barriers to communication with management. Relax the work environment without relaxing your standards for service, quality, or safety. Ensure labels encourage equality and inclusion, such as “associates” and “team members” instead of employees. People aren’t really your most valuable “asset.” They’re people, not things. Let’s just treat them as priceless!
“You Just Want to Save the World”
Consumers and job candidates vote with dollars and energy. Today their priorities include doing good. In a recent poll, 85% of consumers said they would not patronize an organization that isn’t socially responsible. More and more hirees are choosing to work and stay with an employer whose social agenda is aligned with their own – even if that means accepting a lesser salary. Meaning means more. Create ways for your people to give back, conserve resources, and contribute to the charities where they already volunteer their time.
“You Need Frequent Pats On the Back”
While the article highlights the varied and generous bonuses that are provided by the featured employers, it’s more important that you and I remember the increased motivation that comes from someone whose work is genuinely appreciated. The key is “genuine.” Make recognition personal. Learn specifics about the efforts your colleagues are putting forward. Then thank them, reward them, recognize them along with those details. Nothing is more defeating than hard work unnoticed.
Turn your workplace into a collection of dream jobs and you’ll soon realize dreamy results!