Most employees spend their life at work. Sometimes, they feel closer to the people they work with than their own family due to the frequency of interacting with each other. Workplace culture is one of the most important keys to success for any business. Your organization will reach success more smoothly if you have great culture workplace filled with solid teamwork of your team. As a business leader, how should you view your employees? As a family or sport team?which is better?
Understanding both views first
Before drawing conclusion of which better to view your employees is, it is important to understand both comparison first. Firstly, family is is precious part of your life and driven by emotions, primal instinct, and filial bonds. When you consider an ‘outsider’ your family, it means you put a high level of trust, loyalty, and reliance mutually reciprocated and fulfilling. What you can call family is a circle knit together through mutual tradition, support, attachment, and acceptance. When you view your employees as family, it could be a viable proposition in some scenarios.
Meanwhile, a professional sport game analogy can be seen in professional setting like business industry. In a successful sport team, we see well-oiled machines with power structure, tactics, elaborate plans, and clear goals. Those elements are built by relationship and trust. Some sport teams call themselves family due to the bond they have built together along the way. In business industry, a good sport team can also result in successful achievement because everyone is so attuned with each other, knowing each other strength and weakness, and complete each other.
Nurturing bonds with employees
Whether you view your employees as family or sport teams, the most important factor to pay attention to is how you can nurture the bonds with them in a healthy, positive way. As a business leader, you need to keep reminding yourself that the success you have been able to reached so far is a result of incredible work by your employees. As the leader, give your employees a vision to build something to reach the goals. Give them platform to put their best without fear, allowing them to experiment and accomplish in their own way. Those processes are what to build strong bonds especially when you nurture it with trust, loyalty, appreciation, and respect.
Does label truly matter?
As mentioned earlier that workplace culture is the big asset you need to establish as good as possible to be rewarding for everyone in your company. It is where you and your employees grow and thrive together through healthy bond. Calling your employees as your family doesn’t really matter especially when they have been working with you for years. Every employee may be driven by different factors to motivate them such as loyalty, professional pride, or even money. What you can do as a leader is to cultivate all those various motivating factors and build the team ethos to pull everyone together in the same direction and deliver success.