Letting Go With Love
I was thinking about how you can apply this concept of letting go within the context of business, and it occurs to me that much of what we are not seeing in the news right now, as some corporations and financial organizations are imploding, are stories of those corporations that are thriving and growing.
I’ve been doing research on spirituality at work, ethics, and empowering employees by discovering their passions, values, strengths and allowing them to employ those passions within their jobs. While doing this research, I came across a fairly recent survey by Goldman Sachs, which asserted that companies with strong ethical standards outperform the market. For example, companies on an ethical list compiled by Goldman Sachs outperformed the MSCI World Index by an average of 25 percent. 72 percent of these companies were also found to have outperformed their industry peers.
One piece of their survey had to do with social responsibility for their employees. Specific areas they looked at were compensation, productivity, health and safety, and gender diversity. The measurement they used to compare a companies’ ability to retain motivated and ambitious personnel was compensation. Cash flow per employee was the metric used for measuring employee productivity. Not surprisingly, companies with high compensation levels per employee generated more cash flow per employee.
The bigger question for me, however, is what was motivating their employees? Money, while a motivator in the short run, does not continue to motivate over time. Motivation is driven by belief in your ability to achieve a goal, belief that you will be rewarded for achieving it, and the significance you place upon the reward based upon your standards of integrity and what you want to accomplish in life – your purpose. What is it that these companies continually and consistently do to motivate their employees?
As I looked at all the information re: Pepsico, Nestle, Kellogg I could find in a very short period of time, I found that they were consistently looking at what they could do to give back to their community, their assumption of responsibility around global energy and consumption, and their very real commitment to motivating their employees.
I encourage managers and supervisors, as well as corporate executives, to take a look at what their employees have a passion for, and allow them to bring that forth into the workplace. Employees often chose a career path based upon a strong interest, or a strength or gift they have. Find out what that is, and nurture it. Create the space within the corporation for empowering the people who work there. It is important to not push quite so much in the direction of strengthening their weaknesses. When they are allowed to work from their passions, employees will set goals that are games worth playing, ideas and creativity will flow, and the rewards will be great for the company. When the company rewards them with recognition, acknowledgment and the compensation required to sustain them and their families, it comes full circle, and all participants will continue to grow.
Sometimes we need to loosen the control in order to reap the rewards; letting go with love and allowing our employees to soar to their highest potential is a game worth playing!
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions, located in Lincoln, NE, is a life transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in career and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. Georgia is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her website is http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where she blogs about business and career, and http://www.rainbowbridgecoach, where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion. Georgia can be reached at (402) 484-8098.