It’s no surprise that the most powerful influence on people’s engagement at work is the experience of feeling genuinely cared for by their direct supervisor. Feeling valued is critical to our well-being from infancy.
What we need at the most fundamental level is a shift in worldview, grounded in a willingness to see more and exclude less. Instead, too many of us live in willful denial. As Paul Simon put it in the song “The Boxer,” “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”
I have yet to come across a company that fully embodies these precepts, in part because meeting the full range of people’s needs simply hasn’t yet been embraced. The more that companies embrace these ideas, the better and more sustainably their employees will perform.
It was a Saturday morning, and there was nothing I urgently needed to accomplish. But there was a lot I hoped to do. Over breakfast, the possibilities began to clamor for attention in my brain. I wanted to continue reading The New York Times. I also wanted to work out, run a series of errands, ch. . .
So how can you define a great place to work? It begins with creating a work environment that enables and encourages all employees to regularly refuel and renew themselves, both on and off the job. That will make them capable of bringing the best of themselves to work.