“What’s in it for me?” That’s a question we take very seriously at Simplus. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” I believe that stewardship, or developing a caring culture, is key to understanding and creating a happy and productive work environment where employees feel confident that we have their best interests in mind.
But what can we do as executives and leaders of company culture to foster happiness at work? Much of our success in creating a positive and supportive work environment stems from practicing stewardship-centered leadership. By taking on the responsibility of stewardship, focusing on employee wellness, and supporting employees’ professional goals, we can help each employee feel that we care about “what’s in it for them.”
The responsibility of stewardship
The responsibility of stewardship is not something we take on lightly. Stewardship, in its most basic definition, is “the responsible planning and management of resources.” In a services business, our people are our greatest resource–and taking good care of our people becomes our highest priority. “If you take care of your employees, they’ll not only take care of you, they’ll become stewards in their own right,” said Ben Peterson, co-founder of BambooHR and Inc contributor. “It’s a fact that employees who feel valued and supported also feel more emotionally invested in the company in return. That means they’ll work harder, work smarter, remain loyal, and even recruit on your behalf.”
Of course, being an authentic steward means that…
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