Magazine article Workforce

Food for Thought

Magazine article Workforce

Food for Thought

Article excerpt

BY ANN PERLE

The greatest asset of any nation is the spirit of its people, and the greatest danger that can menace any nation is the breakdown of that spirit.

-George B. Courtelyou

Thoughts to Ponder:

What would our work lives be like if we truly made our employees our most important asset? We may say this is what we do, yet everyone knows that our financial assets and capabilities are the most important thing. Is it possible for us to lead this change? Can we believe it ourselves, that if we practiced the ideas expressed by Tom Morris we could create byproducts of financial assets, satisfied customers and a workplace that hums?

What would our work lives be like if we incorporated ancient truths into the workplace? Employees all wish to utilize their talents, skills and abilities. What if we shifted the orientation of job design and began to structure jobs around the talents we have rather than structuring the job around the tasks of the company? That way, employees would be doing those tasks they do well and enjoy doing. The article begs us to look at the workplace from a different orientation or vantage point. …

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