“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat people-your family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
-Barbara Bush, Former First Lady
Perhaps you’ve heard that love has no place in business, but this past year has shown us that’s not the case. Caring for the wellbeing of those who share our work is essential. Empathy, tolerance, and forgiveness in relationships are all fostered by love, and kindness towards others is a behavioral outgrowth of love. All of these behaviors are necessities when navigating relationships with colleagues, employees, donors, board members, volunteers, and employers. People with this strength deeply value close relationships and contribute to them with warmth and genuineness.
In a 2012 study, love was one of five strengths most associated with enhanced life satisfaction. In Michelle McQuaid’s book, Can You Put Your Strengths To Work, love is described as your capacity to foster and value the relationships you have with others.
Need some inspiration? Check out these stories of love!
- Dan Price, co-founder of Gravity Payments, took a $1m salary cut to pay all his staff a minimum $70K wage after talking with a struggling friend.
- Ally, a financial company, offered extra benefits including a $1200 tax-free, financial assistance payment to employees making below $100K to help cover any unexpected costs of working from home.
DID YOU KNOW…
“A 2014 study found that indicators of love in a workplace can predict several positive organizational outcomes such as employee teamwork, decreases in absenteeism and burnout, and an increase in customer satisfaction?”
PUT IT IN PRACTICE
- Offer Help. Do you remember the last time you were overwhelmed at work or stuck on a challenging task? You probably wanted someone to show you a quick tip to make the job more efficient or an offer for something to be taken off your plate. This month, ask a colleague if there’s anything you can do to help when you see them confused or stressed. Not only does this show love, it will help foster an empathetic workplace culture.
- Appreciate One Co-Worker A Day. Write them a card thanking them for their perseverance on a difficult task. Tell them how their humor brightens up your meetings. However you decide to do it, challenge yourself to show appreciation to one co-worker a day for their particular character strengths.