By Andrew Cosgrove - slots manager - Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana
Every day I’m woken up with a hug and a kiss on the cheek from my 5 year old daughter before she goes to school. 5 minutes later her little sister comes running in the room and pretty much does the same thing. Without a doubt I’m a lucky father and a lucky human being and all thanks to a simple unspoken gesture by those who mean the world to me. It’s the best way to wake up that I can imagine and it put’s an instant smile on my face every single time. Its instant inspiration, automatic happiness and nothing seems impossible no matter how big or small the task ahead may be. It’s impossible to compare the feelings that parents have for their children to anything else but such passion, dedication and inspiration are important in all aspects of our lives and are so powerful that they can become the difference between success and failure.
We spend a substantial chunk of our life at work so it’s important to find something that we enjoy doing so that our job becomes an extension of our passion and more than just a paycheck. It’s not hard to spot someone who’s passionate about what they do as they are usually the successful ones that effortlessly practice honesty and integrity and are always available to help, inspire and teach others who share the same passion. They genuinely make the world a better place and create hope for a brighter future.
Every HR professional should be able to explain the positive effects that the power of passion and engagement can make to the work place and how, when used correctly, they can significantly increase revenues and employee retention levels. A recent Gallup survey stated that highly engaged business units result in 21% greater profitability which translates into a significant increase in revenues. Companies who choose not to invest in the wellbeing of their staff pay a hefty price as the lack of employee engagement costs U.S. based organizations between $450 and $550 billion annually. Below are some more 2017 U.S. workforce statistics that suck and suggest that companies need to do more to engage and ignite passion in their employees
As I’ve already stated we spend a substantial chunk of our life at work so it’s important to find something that we enjoy doing. We as individuals need to understand the importance of genuinely enjoying what we do on both a professional and personal level before we can reach our full potential. A good leader must also recognize that a passionate and engaged workforce is good for business and that time and resources need to be made available to make sure that their “V8 engine” is consistently firing on all 8 cylinders and leaving the completion behind in a big cloud of dust. Below is a list of methods that can easily be implemented to keep employees actively passionate and engaged.
Richard Branson once said, “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.” When you reach the point of not wanting to leave you know that you and your boss are truly on the road to success and should not miss the opportunity of passing your passion along to others and helping to make the world a better place.
However, it’s important to recognize that your ultimate happiness is not your boss’s responsibility, that part of the equation is all yours and yours alone. My humble advice is to do what makes you happy and be with those that make you shine the brightest. Life is simply too short for anything less. A simple good morning hug from my 2 daughters is part of my work/life happiness equation, what is part of yours? Whatever it is, use it, embrace it and let it grow.
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