Selfless and Selfish
By now you probably know our CEO, Hayes Drumwright, wrote a book called Management vs. Employees
. It’s a raw look at why initiatives fail in organizations, and he talks candidly about his past failures to demonstrate lessons learned about the best ways to succeed. He explores the importance of putting people first, which is a core principle of organizational success. People matter most- and if your focus is on other elements of your business, the results could result in failure.
Your employees know when they’re not valued or listened to. When your focus is anywhere but the people in your organization, your employees can become detached and unmotivated. In fact, a study performed by Gallup
, offers a little more color on the subject. They found that, “disengaged employees cost the American economy up to $450-$550 billion per year due to lost productivity.” That is a significant cost for a problem that is easy to mitigate. Your personnel want to feel relevant and listened to. Knowing that they are vital to the success of your company keeps them engaged and motivated and productive. The inverse is also true – one of the main reason employees feel disengaged and frustrated is because they don’t know how to connect their skills, talents, and thoughts to solving your organization’s challenges.
Listening to your people and helping them connect their skills with the problems in your organization will solve the (very expensive) problem of lost productivity. In this regard, putting your employees first is actually putting yourself first. Like Management vs. Employees
points out, “ Being selfless can possibly be the most selfish thing we can do if we have a long-term approach to business.” Your initiatives and your organization will be successful when your people matter most.
At POPin, this is the essence of our product. Our platform lets companies discover organizational problems, share authorship for solving challenges, and engage employees in new initiatives – all in a safe and anonymous environment.