Probably the only time you hear people using the word LOVE is to describe something they really like, such as “oh I love your shoes, they are so cute!” or “I love my new car” or “I love to ride my bike in the mornings.” We seldom use the word LOVE to describe how we feel about someone, unless it is a workplace romance – but that is not what this post is about.
But think about it! Have you ever said or thought something like “I feel bad for Sue, she just lost her dad” or “Congratulations on your promotion Joe!” or “I am really going to miss working with John, he has been such a good friend and mentor.” Assuming you were genuine about it, you have expressed or felt ‘love’ towards that person.
We may not use the word LOVE to describe these feelings and we may not want to admit them but that is exactly what they are. And love is exactly what prompts great work at the office. Think about it. Is there someone for whom you would do almost anything? This person is someone you would never back stab and someone you would be loyal to – even if you disagreed with them on occasion. Someone you would follow or help and for whom you would not hesitate to go the extra mile. This is someone you trust and respect; someone you care about. Face it, this person is someone you love and who loves you.
- Have you ever worked for someone like that?
- Do your employees or colleagues feel the same way about you?
- What impact would you have on your colleagues or employees if they knew you loved them? How would that impact your business results?
- What would you do differently if you loved them?
- What would they do differently if they knew you loved them?
Workplaces would be and feel very different if people expressed more love. Much has been written about how benefits and perks make great workplaces. But love at work can trump all of that. Why? Because the need to love and to be loved is one of the most fundamental of human needs. Leaders who love excel because they tap into human potential that can only be unlocked through love and that no amount of incentives can achieve.
So, is there a place for love at work? Absolutely! Regardless of what you call it love can drive employee engagement, loyalty, customer service, innovation, and productivity like nothing else will. Why? Because people care when you care!
So, show some love today. You might be surprised with what you get.