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Love in the Workplace

We’re getting ready to close the book on February, a month in which we focus on love in all of its glory.  An environment with love is one in which its inhabitants can thrive and doesn’t have to have just one season of focus. How can you create such an environment? These are my tips of love:

  1. Offer positive feedback more often than negative feedback. Everyone makes errors once in a while, but if as the boss all you focus on are those mistakes, your employees won’t feel very appreciated. Much like an interpersonal relationship, if all you ever tell your partner is that they’re disappointing you and fail to recognize what they do for you, the relationship will most likely fail. If your employee does something great, tell them you think so.
  2. Steer clear of “employee of the month” type programs. They may look like great ideas on the surface, but the truth is, they usually do more to stir competition between coworkers than motivate for the right reasons. There’s enough competition outside your office walls – your team needs to be able to work together without feeling like someone is going to try to outdo them every step of the way. It’s just as important for them to feel the love between one another as it is from you.
  3. Show them you actually care about their personal lives, not just their lives as part of your company. Obviously, there’s a line that can easily be crossed, but simple things like allowing them to bring significant others to company functions, giving them a ride when their car is in the shop and offering them those show tickets you don’t really want can go a long way. They’ll feel valued as people instead of just one small part of a huge machine. You’ll develop more respect for them as well. It’s a win-win.

There’s never a good reason not to bring love into the workplace. If the word love is too personal for you, think of it as appreciation. Just because Valentine’s Day is gone for 2015, doesn’t mean its purpose has to be.

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About Artemio Flores III

Art Flores is the president of the Entrepreneurs' Organization - San Antonio. He is also the vice president and co-owner of Artcom Associates, Inc. The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a dynamic, global network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst…