For those of you who don’t know me or don’t know me well I am a trainer for Monster Canada. I have an amazing job that is absolutely perfect for my personality – I get to talk for a living! I am passionate about my brand, my company, candidate experience and improving the recruitment process. Even with all of this wonderfulness I too get sucked into the daily grind from time to time. But then I have these days, these amazing days when I walk away from a training session or a best practices seminar completely re-inspired by the company and the people I have spent time with. Today is one of those days!
I just spent two days with a client who’s employees are completely engaged and passionate about their people, their brand and their guests (customers). When I asked the team one of my favourite questions, “What do you love about coming into work every day?” - (a question that too often takes probing and time for me to get an answer) – I got the opposite response! Everyone got so excited that they actually had trouble containing themselves. I probably heard at least 10 great, inspiring, real stories about how amazing their company is and the value it puts on the employees. All this is without even mentioning the great benefits and work life these people live. Reaction like this is a rare occurrence in these days and I can’t help but ask why?
So many companies “pride” themselves on valuing their employees as their #1 asset, but then do nothing to back that up. In fact, they pour all their time, energy and resources into what they think will grow the bottom line. I for one think that is short sighted. I can’t and won’t pretend to be a business expert, but I do know what I’ve seen and I have worked with a lot of companies over the last 7 years. Great companies are made up of great people and I can’t help, but ask myself, ‘Why don’t they get it?’ Get - that by focusing on having the best people and keeping them engaged and passionate will inevitably grow the bottom line. It’s just that simple! Once you make the decision nothing can stop you.
The answer to the questions ‘How do I get the best people?’ and ‘How do I keep the best people?’ are one and the same.
That’s my rant for today. Let me know what you think.