The Human element is still missing from too many workplaces. Too many leaders still see this as ‘the pink and fluffy stuff’.
Old management habits can be hard to break. We may say we do these things, but what is the real experience of the people working in our organisations? In a world which is changing rapidly, the way we are working is all too often not working.
There is a better way. We can start by deciding to infuse humanity into our organisations. We can show our appreciation and respect for other human beings by the way we show up at work. We can acknowledge people for who they are, rather than the output they produce. What would work feel like where people were excited and fuelled by purpose at the beginning of each working day, and then finish work each day feeling valued and fulfilled?
Imagine the impact that would have on performance in organisations and the positive impact for wider society if that was most people’s normal experience of work.
We cannot afford to simply talk about putting people first, we have to actually do it. This isn’t just employees, but all the stakeholders impacted by our organisations.