Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently in cinemas, and we’re excited to see this new chapter in the Star Wars saga. To celebrate this occasion, Happy Team Check would like to give a shout-out to all those employers and employees out there who are striving to build better workplaces, wherever they may be in the world, and we’ll do so in the most Star Wars-y manner we could.
Building better workplaces was never meant to be easy. Employees and employers have different needs and wants which oftentimes are polar opposites of one another.
But compromise is the way to move forward. It is the way of the Force.
Effort is required in order to build a better workplace. Master Yoda couldn’t have said it better himself: “Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.”
Building a workplace where employees and employers can trust one another, where they can effectively engage with one another, requires discipline and sacrifice—qualities demanded of the Jedi. While there is much that we may want, there is only so much that can be given to us. To master the art of employee engagement is, like mastery of the Force, to understand the ways of truly understanding what it’s like to be in the shoes of the other.
Some will say that building employee engagement is impossible, if only because bringing together very different people will be an insurmountable challenge. But that’s not the case at all. If you truly think that building a better workplace is impossible, then that is not the failure of the process, but of the employer for failing to find the right people to bring on board.
Continue to have faith in your employees doing the right thing, and the more they will respect you. At the same time, be on your feet and know what is wrong so you can take decisive action. That can only be done if we continue to believe that employee engagement is possible, and it should always be. The day we stop believing employee engagement, like democracy, can work is the day we lose it.
At Happy Team Check, we continue to have faith in employees and employers doing the right thing. Go build your companies and always take your people in mind, for if you do, great things will definitely happen.
Go, and may the Force be with all of you.