I have a very strong bond with my family, I love them, but I thrive beyond the confines of our family environment. The culture of love, kindness, respect, and independence was instilled in me very early, and I still hold myself accountable to these tenants. As I grew and learned to recognize my strengths, talents, and intelligence. Soon, I found my own way of achieving and providing love, kindness, respect, and independence, but there was less and less space for me to express them in my own way. Respect was held above independence in my family, as in many, and so I felt stifled by my inability to act independently, conflict ensued, and I found the first opportunity to leave. I was burned out.
When I talk with people, many who are working in different fields at various levels, I often ask, “How do you like what you do, or, how’s work?” I get similar answers. I’d say close to 85% or more of the people respond with, “I really love the people I work with. They make it bearable. Or, "Eh, but I work with really great people.” These answers make it clear that the motivating factor getting most people out of bed and to work in the morning, is their need for a paycheck, and the emotional attachments that they've built with the people they work with. The reason these emotional attachments are so important, becomes more apparent as Americans are working more, and seeing the people that they work with more often than they see their friends and families. Especially as we talk about millennials, who have fewer face to face social connections, their work relationships really do become the first family of their adult life. Regardless of age, employees spend a huge portion of their life at work, so it's increasingly important to them that they enjoy the company of the people they work with. It is far more important than if they enjoy the actual work they do for your company. There is a popular phrase, “People don’t leave bad companies, they leave bad managers,” but I have met many managers who have strong bonds with their team, but still have high turnover that begins with burnout. Burn out is not a loss of that fire in the belly motivation to achieve, but rather a symptom of deeply motivated people, who feel their achievements are stifled by their work environment. Your company wants fire burning in the bellies of each employee. Your business culture is only as strong as it is maintained, and it is maintained by the intelligence, creativity, and independence of each individual you employ. Once in a while you may have to do a little work to re-ignite the flame, but creating space for independence and creativity will sustain it.
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