By Kaelanne Jordan
An inspired employer is more than twice as productive as a satisfied employee and more than three times as productive as a dissatisfied employee. Hence, it is critical, for both employer and employee be the best version of themselves as individual, to each other, in their work and in the workplace. It is also the responsibility of good leaders and employers to invest in their staff, help them unleash their intrinsic inspiration, show them appreciation, provide them with opportunities and help them feel personally connected to their work.
This, according to the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission’s (AFLC) mental health clinician can be achieved by doing “simple things” such as asking: “How are you going?”; “What’s happening in your life?”; “How can we support you as an organisation?” or “What am I doing that is not supportive that is getting in your way?”.
Crystal Johnson gave this view during the Commission’s weekly Topic Thursdays session, yesterday, October 24. Johnson’s topic ‘How to be a better person at work’ was inspired by the Archdiocesan Week of Justice, Peace and Community which began October 19 and ends tomorrow, Saturday. The event had as its theme The Dignity of Work.
Johnson observed that the workplace has gone from a place of value, compassion, and focus on development and the dignity of people to demand, supply and profit.
“There is so much focus on the outcomes, the output and money at the end of the day….These days, there’s a lot of short changing, a lot of complacency, a lot of ‘I’m not going to push anymore because I don’t think its deserved’, ‘I don’t think anyone is acknowledging me’.”
However, Johnson affirmed that while the onus is on leaders to evaluate how to be the best leader to their employees, so too, employees are obligated to being better persons at work, performing at their optimum.