There’s one disturbing phrase in the workplace that is routinely used every week. “Thank God It’s Friday,” is uttered as employees pour their morning coffee and at the end of a long conference call. And, if you’re the CEO at your organization, you should stop and think about why so many of your employees say it. Is it because they’re so excited about the weekend? Well, maybe. Or, is it because they don’t really like what they do Monday through Friday, and they’re so thankful that the work is over. The phrase TGIF is indicative of your employee happiness, and how disengaged and unhappy they are with what they do professionally day in and day out.
Life is too short and precious not to be able to love what you do. That’s easy for us as leaders of a business to say, but we have a moral obligation to do everything we can that creates an environment that breeds greatness, attracts and retains A players and makes work fun.
Follow these six distinct ideas that you can implement and soon you’ll be hearing the phrase, “Thank God It’s Monday!”.
- A Great Business Starts With You
The quality of the business you have today is a direct result of you acting as the CEO and leader of your company. Simply put, you get to choose what kind of business you have. Do you have an exciting, thriving business with a great culture full of energy, enthusiasm, and ideas? Or, do you have a business where people have their heads down, stay quiet, get their work done, and head straight out the door.
Because you are the leader of the business, you have to be a thriving, growing, enthusiastic leader. If that’s not you, or not how you’re wired, that’s okay but if you want your business to be an exciting place to work, it may be time for you to step aside and let someone come in that is the leader you need.
- The Foundation: BHAG, Purpose, Values
This is where great companies are truly made. First off, you may be asking what exactly is a ‘BHAG’. BHAG is a short acronym for Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal. What is your company’s? Is it something so exciting that everybody in the company gets excited about? Or something that they even know about? How do you expect people in your company to give it their all when they don’t even know what the finish line looks like. BHAGs are inspiring, powerful, and gets people excited about why they do what they do, every day.
Additionally, find your company’s core purpose. Think about why your business truly exists in the world, then use that to fuel your purpose. Then, let everyone, Team Members and customers alike know it!
- Systems and Processes
Does your company have a plan to get to your BHAG? You’re going to need a roadmap that explains the objectives that need to be accomplished to get to your end goal. That way, all your employees have to do is follow the plan.
Each quarter, our team has a kickoff where each Team Member gets a new copy of our company plan and lists three quarterly priorities that they have control over that will contribute to our goal. Together, we’re putting all of our collective knowledge to plan what we need to do in the next 90 days to make it our best quarter in company history. In most companies, strategic planning is reserved for the executive suite, which isn’t very empowering to employees. When you ask them to contribute with their ideas and knowledge, it becomes their plan, too.
- Recruiting and Retaining The Best
Many company leaders ask, “How do you find great people? How do you keep them?” Some CEOs want to be the biggest guy in the room. They want to hire ‘yes’ men and ‘yes’ women. There lies a problem. If you want to build a world-class company that is the envy of all competitors, you’ve got to have the best people. This means you have to compensate well, treat them well, and go out and find them. At Advantage|ForbesBooks, we invest in equipping our Team Members with the appropriate tools to set them up for success and know that they are appreciated for the work that they do.
- Be a Great Service Company
When your customers love working with you, your Team Member will love working with them. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. If you give your Team Member the choice to work for a great service company or a crappy one, chances are they’re going to work with the great one. Companies that have the best cultures are regarded and renowned for their service. There is a direct relationship here. Companies that commit to being great service organizations have a tendency to have much stronger cultures, too.
- Invest In Your People and Love ‘Em
At the end of the day, if you want to create an environment that looks forward to Mondays, you truly have to love your people. If you don’t, find someone else that can. The love that you have as a leader and show as a leader, will be seen by your people day in and day out. Investing in your people and growing them professionally is one of the best ways you can grow your business.
You as a leader have a very precious responsibility to put people at your company under your care and direction. These are just a few of the ways you can start building a company filled with greatness, and one that looks forward to Mondays.
To learn more about how you can create a company that looks forward to Mondays, sign up for CEO & Founder Adam Witty’s webinar!