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Yoda Was Wrong – When Recognizing Employees There is a Try



[New post from Tom Miller – President and founder of Symbolist.  You can read more about him and where he’ll be this year on our Leadership page.]

March has just run its course and during that month we’ve celebrated Employee Appreciation Day AND National Happiness Day (I wrote a post a few years back about the origins of National Happiness – a king in Bhutan thought it was a cool idea and it sort of caught on in the states.)  Both of these days are fine examples of “first world problems” (see this site for a few funny insights to other challenges faced by “struggling” people.)  Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to wrap my arms around my employees and do all in my power to ensure each of them know I appreciate them and that all persons in my sphere of influence are happy.

Viewed from this perspective, both days are harmless and provide a few light moments for all of us.

However, those that take appreciating people in the workforce and national (organizational) happiness seriously will want to look deeper than a single day will allow.

Here’s the deal – we create “Days” and think we’ve done something worthwhile to impact a real issue.

But that’s not working.

What works is this:

  • Have an organizational strategy that molds business model with people strategy so everyone can show up to work and know what they’re supposed to do and why they matter.  When people do cool stuff – tell them how cool they are and, on occasion, celebrate.
  • Remember that, in our society today, even with the economy, people have choices and they will show up and engage with you and your company IF it “fulfills them”.  If you are making fun of this term and thinking, “people get a paycheck and should be happy with that,” add money to your recruiting budget and subtract money from your bottom line.   It is a fact that organizations that meet their employees’ personal and individual needs will keep their people longer than those organizations that ignore this truth.
  • You do not have to be perfect at the above two points – you do have to be sincere in the effort and you have to keep working at getting it perfect.  You won’t…but keep trying.

Even though Yoda said “No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try,” when it comes to appreciation and recognizing the efforts of your team, your employees – your tribe – trying is the first step to success.

So just this once I want you to ignore Yoda’s advice (I don’t say that lightly) and TRY.

Doing nothing is worse than doing it with wrong with sincerity.

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