Cartoon by John Junson:
Cartoon by John Junson:
Employee engagement and employee recognition can be very powerful when fused with a program to help employees and employers find healthy ways to address the impact of family violence in the workplace!
Manitoba caring. I am so proud of the Province of Manitoba and their initiative to support employees and employers in developing powerful and helpful responses in the workplace to employees experiencing family violence.
Family violence does not stay at home when Manitobans go to work
Family Violence and the Workplace: It’s everyone’s business
Gratitude. I feel honored to co-facilitate 1/2 day sessions with Ms. Joy Dupont from the Department of Justice to help people in the workplace (managers, peers, union members, etc) develop understanding and healthy responses to family violence.
Resource kit. If you would like to view the rich, informative, and helpful kit, click here.
Family violence topics. The workshop and online kit includes:
Deep engagement and recognition. It is not my intention to outline the entire initiative but to help you realize that this initiative is also a very powerful way to create recognition in the workplace and to foster robust and authentic employee engagement.
Recognize this. Employee recognition occurs when we “really” see what is going on with the people we work with.We often think of workplace recognition as being a long service pin, an award, or verbal praise for a job well done. I believe this program demonstrates a very robust form of recognition: really seeing what is going on for employees, having the gumption to be available to talk about it or even initiate the discussion, and putting multiple resources in place to inform and help employees.
A workplace caring community. When recognition takes place at that level within an organization we have a strong connected community that cares for employees and takes robust steps to helping them create work/life balance.
Now that’s employee engagement. When family violence situations are handled well by an employer they are taking powerful steps to contribute to employee engagement. During the training, we show a short video in the course and here are a few comments from the people talking about their experiences:
I am so proud of my company, a fellow employee who witnessed how his company responded to a co-workers situation of family violence.
I am happy to work here, an employee who experienced family violence and the company efforts to help her.
The people around here walk on water, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else, I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else, from an employee who was so appreciative of the help she recieved from the company, her boss, and fellow employees.
Take heart. Don’t overlook this powerful pathways to employee engagement and recognition that reside within the hearts, minds, and connections within organizations and between individuals.
Freedom 55. In Canada, we have an insurance company who has extolled the virtues of financial planning through the campaign of Freedom 55. It looks like with good financial planning you can enjoy a life of leisure and cruising.
Free choice. I turned 55 today and I feel free. I am not looking for freedom from work I am looking for the freedom to make choices and to contribute for the next 20 years to the field of employee engagement. One of the beautiful aspects about the time we live in, from my perspective, is the freedom to choose and the number of options available for working.
Retired is tired. For some people, retirement means being tired twice: first tired of working than tired from not working.
Beginner’s mind. At 55 I feel like I am just beginning and bringing some of the freshness of what Zen master Shunryu Suzuki stated about beginners mind: In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. We have so many potential pathways to foster authentic and fuller levels of employee engagement for the benefit of all.
Engage along with me, the best is yet to be,
I just turned 55 on September 24, 2009.
It is time to go ALL IN.
I am fully engaged and will work to fully engage others.
Watch for many development for the next 20 years.
I have so many people to thank. Here is just a handful…
- Bruce and Debbie MacLeod who keep me running and moving quickly at cards,
- Andy and Marie Wheeler who open their hearts and cottage to Susan and I.
- Sarah and Joey Bertschinger and Rico and Deneen and the rest of that family for letting me have a wonderful black lab without having to do the daily dog owner stuff,
It is my birthday and I will not blow out candles because all of you listed above and so many many more of you that I failed to mention here…have lit my fire!
I would not be me without all of you.
Thank you for the best gift I could ever imagine…a small piece of each of you. WOW.
Thank you to those I mentioned and thank you to everyone else I failed to mention who have given me so much.
I plan to fully honor each of you during the next 20 years of my work in engagement!
Is work a race from wire to wire?
What will we do when we are no longer hired?
Did work leave us mired in loss of our selves?
Was our personal life put away on the shelves?
Did work feel like one bad flat tire?
Or during our days were we fully on fire?
When we retire who will stand up and say that we mattered?
Will we leave our work hearing praise and be flattered?
Think ahead to that final day.
Don’t leave the thought too far away.
You only work in moments in time.
Ensure your moments are prime.
Reach out so you matter for all who you touch,
You will then leave work with so very much.