There's a huge risk being a writer - the possibility that one might step into their imagination, and never return. Sometimes I think I'd prefer living in a fantasy realm. There I would have control over the atmosphere and the characters dialogue and their actions just as I do when I create any work of fiction.
Here on planet earth, such a paradise doesn't exist. No doubt if it did, it would have it's own challenges that I haven't bothered to consider. And ultimately, a life without daily hurdles to overcome or personal demons to fight would bore me to tears.
Despite the real life daily battles I am fighting, I can't help but wonder why I give a third of my precious time here on earth to a company that doesn't care about the people they have working for them. Is this all I have to look forward to day in and day out? Does such a place even exist in the real world, or only in my imagination?
Maybe it's a little hokey to want to have an employer that's actually rooting for their staff to succeed; maybe I'm jaded, given that throughout my working career, I've experienced only a couple of companies that that treat their employees like they want to keep them.
I have heard that such wonderful places do exist. Maybe you are one of the fortunate few who has a boss who reminds you any of the following:
"I'm glad you're part of the team." Talk about building strong workplace relationships...
"You have great potential." Affirm the sense of worth of staff and having an employee grow into what is possible. People tend to have in their own mind, an inflated sense of what they are capable of... But when an employer sees that anything is possible for their staff - it turns out that anything is possible for their staff!
How do you know your supervisor wants to build on your success? If you've ever heard, "Let's figure out what you're best at." you're with a company that wants to partner with you to help you shine. This is exactly what keeps employees feeling secure - knowing that the organization is on their side!
One basic human need is to be valued and appreciated. And when we give an employer about 1/3 of our life, it's not only about getting paid for the work we do, it's also about does that employer care whether we are or not?
I have had employers enter the office and walk right past me where I sit at the reception desk as though I'm invisible. (And, I have had coworkers enter the office and at the very least, smile and say 'hello')
"The company is better because you are here." or, "You're awesome." are general expressions. They also say a lot to an employee. When an employee receives messages like these, not only will their work performance and attitude improve, even though it didn't need to, but it will also radiate to the customers and the community. To be acknowledged and to realize that the work they are doing is an important contribution to the success of the company.
It may seem like fairy tale, but in the business world, a company that retains the best workers with the best attitudes exists because they've taken the initiative with a few simple statements and allowed the best in their employees to come shining through.