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Martin: Employees are the most valuable resource

By Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin

Are CEO’s, directors, and managers beginning to wake-up and smell the truth that others have known all along? Will big cheese bosses change mindsets from profit to people, from products to people, from gluttonous power to empowering people? 

And employees should be treated fairly and ethically around the globe. But the green of greed and corrupted power mesmerizes human beings. People are treated like commodities.   

“The idea that a company might be good to its employees has become so unusual that some people do not even think it is possible,” surmises Dan Lyons in a 2018 article at Literary Hub. Lyon continues, “The grow-at-all-costs business model makes employees miserable, and it does this almost by design. Worse, the model doesn’t really work, at least not if you’re trying to produce a healthy, profitable organization that can sustain itself.” You go Dan! I’m your new fan. 

What happens when employees are overworked, overwhelmed, and underpaid? Job stress. What happens when bosses are bullies? Job stress. What happens when the work environment is toxic? Job stress.

Each year Fortune magazine teams up with a research organization, Great Place to Work, to generate a list of the hundred best employers in the United States. Is your employer on this list? A 2016 article in Forbes reported the five following things that employees want: adequate salary, good health benefits, work-life balance, opportunities for advancement and professional development, and a sense of purpose.

The yearly appreciation dinner is appreciated by employees; however ask them what they really want. The key is to give people things they actually value: decent wages, on-site childcare, reimbursement for college tuition, provide part-time workers with paid time off for sick days, vacations, and holidays, and yes, even healthcare benefits. Give workers praise and a raise—not one or the other. Treat employees with respect. 

“Why should anyone need to make a business case for following the Golden Rule? We’re talking about pretty basic stuff, like treating fellow human beings with dignity and respect, and not discriminating against people because of their race, age, or gender. Are investors and business owners so far lost to humanity that the only way to get them to behave ethically and morally is to prove to them that this will make them a little bit richer?” proclaims Dan Lyons. He tells it all in two books: Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble (2017) and Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us (2018).

“The best leaders are humble enough to realize their victories depend upon their people,” asserts John C. Maxwell. He is an author, speaker, and former pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on

What’s the takeaway from my article? People are a company’s greatest asset. And employees want to be treated with dignity and respect. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” sang Aretha Franklin. 

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist.  She lives in US.


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