The old world was built on hierarchies. The new one is built on relationships. Mark Lukens
Today’s podcast is all about family – and why we often treat each other more like family than coworkers at Southwest Michigan First. Here are some highlights.
- We spend a third of our lives with the people we work with, so you might as well enjoy their company! Plus, the decisions we make at work have direct impact on our lives outside of work, impacting our children or our ability to pay mortgages. This is why it’s important that we deeply know and trust the people on our teams.
- How do we do this? It starts by creating an environment where people have the opportunity to share their true souls. It sounds soft, but we have to create a safe place for each other to take risks, knowing that our team has the strengths and capacity to support us. You’ve got to know who you’re spending this kind of time with.
- Additionally, by knowing each other’s families, it ensures our humanity and great treatment of each other. It’s pretty hard to complain about someone who is staying at home with a sick child when you know the child and you’re worried about them too. I know that when the chips are down, they’ll be there for us too.
- Universally, family is the most important thing in all of our lives. Organizations that tell you to check your family or personal life at the door may as well ask you to only type with one hand on the job. You simply can’t erase your family from your mind for 8+ hours a day when that is the most important thing in your world. Frankly, I’m not sure I want people to work on our team who would choose work over family.
Question: Is family the most important thing in your life? If so, is that attitude reflected in the organization where you lead?