A few weeks ago, the Scheduling Institute was honored as one of the BEST 10 PLACES TO WORK in Atlanta for the second year in a row!
As the leader of my company, this means a lot to me.
Honestly, I don’t care if my team is happy with me every single day. Sometimes I tell them things that they don’t want to hear. I am truthful with them in order to help them grow, and sometimes it makes them very uncomfortable. I have no problem with making people uncomfortable. Fearing confrontation is just not a part of my personality. In fact, I find the ability to confront people a huge asset for me as a leader.
That’s why, when the Scheduling Institute was named as one of the Top 10 Places to Work in Atlanta, it told me one very important thing.
My team has a lot of fun. We have food trucks come to the office, hand out prizes, have contests, tailgates, big Christmas parties– you name it. I spare no expense to give my team the best, and they work their hardest. Play hard, and work even harder.
But that’s not what I learned…
My team voted for the contest, and their votes are the reason that we won. Almost 100 percent of my employees voted that they LOVED working here, and it is because they have become BETTER PEOPLE than they were before. They’ve been given opportunities, earned enormous self-respect, overcome challenges, and gained new perspectives.
They are INCENTIVIZED on how well they do— which means that the only people who succeed at the Scheduling Institute are hardworking, motivated, and results-oriented individuals.
In fact, I think that’s MUCH more important than “having fun.” Because fun is such a small facet of the human experience… Yes, fun is wonderful, but it is temporary, and self-serving.
GROWTH— as a team, a worker, and a person— that is something that you can never take someone. That means when you come to the office, you feel alive, motivated, and thankful for being BETTER today than you were yesterday. You get tangible evidence of this growth through incentives that are directly linked to your hard work, so the more you grow, the more rewards you earn, and so on…
But what you learn at work doesn’t just stay with you in the office.
When you go to work for a place you truly LOVE, (that pushes you to grow and to learn in totally new ways,) you are carrying that HOME with you. My team members tell me all the time how their relationships with their kids, their spouses, and their parents have improved since they started working here. They appreciate things differently. They are more perceptive of strengths, of “balconies” and “basements.”
My team knows that I respect them, but that I expect a lot out of them every single day. I expect a lot from them, but I give them a lot in return. Like I’ve always said, “You get what you deserve.” So if you are growing, and learning, and engaged at my company, that means you are getting a whole lot… both mentally and financially.
THAT, to me, is much more important than being their “fun” boss all of the time.
If your team had to vote, would they vote your Practice as one of the best places to work? Are you giving them an environment of fun, AND—much more importantly— are you creating a productive environment that cultivates growth? Are you taking mistakes and turning them into opportunities?
Are you challenging them to be the best they can be every single day, while celebrating their successes?
I’m always looking for more ways to make the Scheduling Institute the best EVER place to work, because I know that the more you love your job, the more of yourself you put into it. The happier and more fulfilled MY team is, the harder they work to help my clients. That means… the better I serve my team, the better they are able to serve you.
Comment below and let me know what all you are doing to make your team LOVE coming to work! How are you challenging them? How are you helping them to grow? I’d love to hear all of your ideas, and celebrate your successes with you.
Until next time,