Creating the Right Environments for Success
Part of what I do is work with organizations around employee engagement trainings. You ask, “Well what does employee engagement trainings look like?” My answer , “Depends on the organization; their goals, needs and opportunities.” However, there is one underlying message regardless of the organization and that is they all want to have a workplace where their employees get out of their cars everyday excited to come to work versus dreading it. To do that organizations must create environments for their employees to get excited about work.
A great mentor of mine, Rick Leffke, once told me
You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.
My first reaction was, “Mmmmkkkk….not quite sure I fully understand.”
Amanda, organizations can’t make their employees do something they don’t want to do.
“Ok, that makes sense. So then what?”
I only told you part of the story. The full story goes like this, ‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink it. But you can put salt in his oats.
By the look on my face he knew I was still slightly confused.
By putting salt in the horse’s oats and changing the environment you can make him thirsty for the water. When organizations change their environment for their employees it makes the employees to want to show up to work with enthusiasm.
The beauty is that it doesn’t just apply to work. It applies to all aspects of life.
We’ve got to ask ourselves the following questions:
- Do I create an environment that…
- Makes people want to be around me?
- Makes my friends and family comfortable?
- Makes my friends, family, co workers feel appreciated?
We must create the right environments for ourselves and those around us that set us up for success.