Long ago, in another place and time, I worked at the headquarters of AADP. Josh Weston, the CEO, occasionally gathered all the staff together, thousands of them, for an inspirational meeting. Hanging over the balconies, we anticipated his words of inspiration, as he spoke from the podium in the atrium below. We loved listening to stories about ADP’s past and with excitement awaited word about how our current projects would positively impact the company. He spoke about social goals as well, such as our blood drives supported with vacation time accrual per blood donation and unique volunteer opportunities, such as joining an ADP emergency medical squad. I don’t think it was just me who had the feeling that despite having so many employees, he spoke to us as individuals. He cared about us, our families and our future.
As owner of Hearts Pest Management, I’ve tried in so many little ways to replicate the feeling I had listening to Josh Weston. I want my workers to feel that no matter what their job is, it is important and that as people, I value their contributions and unique worth. Employees need more than just a paycheck in the give and take between the employer and the employed. They need inspiration, respect, even a little understanding from time to time, on the way to meeting production goals.
The article I wrote for PMP this month is not controversial, as some of my work has been. It’s simply inspirational… I hope. Here’s how we do it at Hearts Pest Management, one message at a time. So read Take Back My Paycheck!
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