I have spent over a year now researching the “Law of Attraction” and positive thinking topics. I have read over twenty books, listened to numerous videotapes, etc. and I am now ready to spend some time blogging about a few things I find to be of utmost importance for anyone who owns a business or not.
Years ago I worked for a law firm that to this day I will never forget. One of the owners of the company came by almost daily to praise me on my work, he personally picked out everyone’s Christmas presents from vacations he took to other countries, he paid 100% of our health insurance, he put 15% of our annual salary into a profit sharing account, he gave everyone $100 cash on Administrative day, and more.
After reading one of the many books this past year, I am convinced he was either a very wise man, or he did a lot of reading and attending conferences himself on the power of giving. One book in particular has been very powerful for me. It is The Millionaire Course by Marc Allen. In April 2009, he is re-releasing one of his best sellers, Visionary Business and I urge all business owners to reserve a copy of this book!
Allen states the result of having an excellent benefit package is that it retains excellent people and the bottom line is enhanced as a result. The following is a list of company benefits every employer should strive to provide to its employees: respect, a chance to grow on the job, livable wages, generous paid vacations, medical and dental insurance, pension plans and profit sharing. He has broken out each in great detail in his book.
One item I would like to add, which I am sure he mentions in his book, is an atmosphere of positivity. I can’t stress this enough. I have experienced time and time again throughout my career, companies that fail to succeed due to an atmosphere of negativity, gossip and bad management.
So just for today, take one single step. When you go home tonight, make a list of one good thing you can say about each one of your staff members and make an effort tomorrow morning to praise them in some small way. It will be greatly appreciated. Even if you have to “fake it to make it”, eventually you will come to believe the words you speak.