So before the holidays, like Thanksgiving, many nice organizations try to do a little something for their employees and let them go home a little early.
It’s a small something that let’s people know they are appreciated, and on top of it, they get to “beat the traffic.”
I heard from someone that one organization was stopping this long time practice, saying that only the very head(s) of the chain of command, could do this for the people…but they didn’t.
Sort of “penny wise and dollar foolish” to take away that little spot-on giving to one’s staff.
It’s goodwill, appreciation, and kindness that is especially appropriate before the holidays for hardworking and good people.
One manager told me how their people especially looked forward to this little gesture, and often came to asking about it with such joy.
So the manager told me that they just said before holiday times, “I’m not looking what time you leave today.”
To me that sounded like genuine leadership, where people are not just treated as “human resources,” but instead “human capital”—something to invest in and not just something to use `willy nilly. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)