Saturday, October 06, 2012

Love In the Workplace

Do you have love in your workplace?

I am currently doing some work for a client that is a large, faith-based, non-profit social services organization in northern New Jersey. They do a lot of good every day for some of the most damaged and troubled people in our communities.

In our training sessions, it's not unusual to hear the word "love" used. Yesterday, at a school for special needs children, in a session on how to strengthen teams, one of the participants commented on the list of teamwork ideas that the group had just generated.

"It's a good list," he said. "But without love, it's nothing."

Around the room, other heads were nodding in agreement. One other person chimed in, "It's true. Though we may not use the word very often, we do love our kids and we love our jobs."

I asked them if they love one another. Though it generated some laughs, they said that they did.

Pursuing it, I asked them: What is love in this workplace?

Here is some of what they said.

It means looking out for each other. If someone needs help, it means taking the time to step in and assist them, even when you are busy.

It means caring about one another. The kids in their school are "special," meaning, in some cases, behaviorally difficult. One teacher was attacked by a student just days before our session. So when one of them is stressed and upset, they are there for each other.

It means lifting each other up. Some days are good, some are bad. Love in their workplace means lifting the spirit of the team.

Do you bring love to your workplace?

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Saturday October 6, 2012