The evidence just keeps rolling in with tsunami impact—and the plain truth is that there is a mounting movement toward “workplace happiness.” Companies as large as Face Book are not only discovering—but also communicating—that the secret to their success is employee morale and satisfaction—creating an environment where people look forward to coming to work each day.
“Toxicity” poisons an organization when the inter-personal dimension goes into eclipse, or is replaced by what people today are calling “shark-tank leadership.” A chain-of-command environment where people no longer feel affirmed, or even safe, is driving people to look for other places to invest their gifts and talents. Insensitive, regulatory, “my way or the highway” leaders will soon be the next dinosaurs in the new organizational world.
So…what is the secret to happiness in the workplace? According to an article in today’s Fast Company e-letter, it is collaboration—a relational environment where hierarchies are flattened and people are valued and loved. It is an environment where people work in teams and create things together. It is an environment where the leaders serve rather than dictate. It’s an environment where relationships trump rule books.
It is an environment where the “best” are not only hired, but also admired and affirmed—a place where keeping people and growing them becomes the primary value among leaders and their co-workers. No one is viewed as “expendible” because they do not “fit” anymore.
The evidence is mounting. A tsunami is coming. Only organizations who practice what’s also being called “the soft side of leadership” will be able to attract the best people. Only those who learn how to value their people through ongoing investment in them will survive. No amount of public posturing can make up for what’s happening “on the inside” every day.