If you think your life is hard, you’ve got another thing coming. I had an extremely busy, but productive day today and I couldn’t help but count my blessings.
I was in line at the post office and the young lady in front of me wore medical booties over her shoes. I initially thought she forgot to take them off, but boy was I in for a surprise!
Tiffanie mentioned to me that she was not a nurse like I thought, she was a mortician! She embalms bodies for a living. She told me she had been in the field for the last twenty years and she’s only in her early forties!
I totally admired her for her years of dedication and went on to profusely compliment her good heart and stick-to-it-ness. She seemed frustrated and tired so I asked her how she liked what she did.
She sighed and went on to say that she’d reached her breaking point…she’d had enough! She was underpaid, overworked and underwhelmed. She was looking to improve her life.
If you think you’ve got it bad, listen to what she told me next. Today she had just finished jumping into a six feet grave to extract a twenty year old deceased, decomposing body.
She goes, “I won’t even get paid for it” because unfortunately “it’s her job.” I was completely appalled not to mention mortified that the company she worked for lacked the integrity to pay her and her colleagues for the extraction of this body.
Accountability and integrity are my biggest pet peeve and I get extremely temperamental (which isn’t often at all) when I see well meaning, hardworking folks being taken. Really, is paying your employees fairly affecting your ROI that much?
Perhaps the blessings would pour in if you blessed the folks who continue to build your business, after all no man is an island! Many companies today view their employees as expenditure while if they valued their workers they would truly be assets to the company.
When they feel appreciated, guest what? They can only bless you! The bottom line of a company shouldn’t be only what it makes, rather it should be focused on the resounding impact it makes on society.
Here are a few tips to appreciating the people who grow your business:
Never hire and fire without cause. Examine the skills an employee brings to the table, his ability to problem solve, treat people well and have a great attitude!
At the end of the day, degrees and accolades are great; however the greatest leaders of the world are self-educated and honor themselves and others by investing in their growth beyond academia.
Incentivize. Companies large and small that succeed in business understand that they have to incentivize and gratify. What do I mean, you say? Incentivize great work ethic, loyalty and punctuality alike.
This is a great way to show that you care and have it reciprocated when your workers truly dedicate themselves to your cause. When I say incentivize I do mean that you have to give gifts. Gift cards, are usually the best option.
Use the power of recognition. Let’s face it we all like to be recognized for our merits. Pay attention to your team and recognize them meetings.
You may only say thank you, but the lasting effect of recognition will resonate with the recognized and the folks who will yearn to be recognized by you.
Remember people’s names! One of my business associates who is super successful, retired at twenty nine and leads thousands of people around the world has the uncanny ability to remember people’s names.
I remember the first time he referred to me as my name and asked for family members by name. I was beaming! It was one of the most thoughtful moments I’d experienced!
It’s easy to pick apart our lives and find what’s wrong, who’s wrong, how it’s wrong and why it’s wrong. It takes moxie to search for the good, even if it requires everything you’ve got. If you’re overwhelmed by the magnitude of your challenges, then do something about it!
Start by speaking good things about the people around you. Be the most grateful person in your life and you will receive abundantly.
I feel so blessed this thanksgiving for the folks in my life; my family, friends and the folks who are yet to enter my life!
Most of all, I feel honored for the wisdom I’ve received throughout the years and for the life that I WILL live. I truly look forward to helping others to live life to the fullest and hardness the powers of free enterprise!
You are worth it! You dreams deserve a great life!!
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