I attended a meeting last week with members of the Employee Services Program Committee. I’ve been on this committee for many years and it’s one of the assignments I have been honored to be part of, a true joy. Our group actively shares ideas for employee wellness in the form of health challenges, training events, recognition/award events, a special “giving” challenge during the holiday season, and whatever we can come up with to make work life better within the organization. It’s always been a great group of people to work with, a committee based on respect, teamwork and fresh ideas.
One of the members related how their office is creating “stars” out of their employees. Nomination papers are located next to a box (decorated with stars, of course) and anyone can select a co-worker for their helpful action or kind words during the month. Then, once a month at an office meeting, all of the nominations are read aloud, producing many smiles as the box is passed around the table so everyone has a chance to read about each other’s positive accomplishment. Afterwards, one employee’s nomination is pulled out of the box and they become the “Star of the Month,” with their name posted on the bulletin board above the box, for all to see until the next meeting. It’s civility, respect and engagement at its best.
Which brings me to a second piece of the October #WATWB post. The following Ted Talk was posted to our agency’s website this month. The talk focuses on the positive aspects of civility in the work place. People getting along with people. It sounds simple this “getting along,” but in the current world climate that is not all rainbows and puppy dog tails, civility among employees does not always reign.
This Ted Talk is about 15 minutes, but well worth the time. Christine reflects on the positive effects of having a civil workplace, of people getting along. I can attest to this, from working with wonderful people in my office to the Employee Services Committee, and others within the agency. When there is cohesiveness and a peaceful, enjoyable atmosphere in the office, the stressful days are easier to tolerate and much can be accomplished. This sets an example of how people in the workplace can be a shining light in embracing a culture of positive community and civil behavior.
The “We are the World” Blogfest is in its second year of a heartfelt journey. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese and Roshan Radhakrishnan, welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE to check out the intention and rules of the blogfest and feel free to sign up at any time. You are always welcome!
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