Maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2013…
If you’re a Kevin Spacey or Danny DeVito fan you may recognise the title of this article as a line from the Baz Luhrmann song, Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen), played at the end of the film, The Big Kahuna.
The reason I bring it up is because the story behind the film highlights the importance of looking after your colleagues and employees, which is something that most business owners forget to include in any roadmaps or strategies.
Have you ever had a company objective or project to improve work life for your employees?
“Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.”
Your employees are the heartbeat of your business. Without them you don’t have a business. And there is a noticeable trend occurring in the needs of employees. The next generation of employees (those aged 24 and under) are growing up in the hyper-connected world. They are the most collaborative generation we have seen. The idea of “owning” an idea is alien to many. Memes, video parodies, activism and so on are all based on idea sharing.
The employees of tomorrow believe they can change the world with just a laptop and an internet connection, and they can. They are.
The people coming to work for you need to feel part of something bigger than them. They need to feel the work they are doing is important. They need to feel valued.
If your business recognises this and shows how important the employees are, and what difference their work is making, then you’ll reap the rewards.
You’ll also attract the best workers. The hyper-connected kids are sharing their work life to hundred/thousands of friends online every day. Your 5 employees can reach thousands with a single Facebook post or tweet. Ensuring they are happy in their work, ensures the perception of your business is a positive one.
So ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2013, take care of your employees, be kind to your knees and enjoy the funky chicken dance.