Employees Most Productive Under Bosses Who Show Kindness, Compassion
Feel like your employees arenât giving it their all in the office? A daily dose of genuine kindness and compassion may do the trick. A recent study by researchers at Binghamton University finds that simply being nice to employees and taking interest in them personally and professionally almost always leads to better productivity and improved job performance overall.
âBeing benevolent is important because it can change the perception your followers have of you,â explains researcher Chou-Yu Tsai, assistant professor at Binghamton Universityâs School of Management, in a university release. âIf you feel that your leader or boss actually cares about you, you may feel more serious about the work you do for them.â...
I've always found that the best leaders are the ones who serve others without regard to self or profit, but have a laser focus on mentoring the talents of others to achieve their potential with the example to follow found in Luke 6:31.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. - Ephesians 6:5-9
The better model is found in Ephesians 6 regarding mutual respect and mutual servanthood, rather than the humanistic version in the press article. They look similar, but operate under different motivations.
True leaders lead by example. The difference between a ruler and a leader is respect. Respect is earned, not commanded. It's much easier to respect and follow a leader, for he treats the led with respect. Anyone can bark out commands, using fear as backup, but you won't get the best work out of an employee with it, nor loyalty.
This makes sense on the surface, but we have to look in our Bibles to see what it says. The first verse that comes to mind is the one that says you should work hard, because you are working for Christ. Other verses mention how slaves and slave-owners are to behave, which led many in the South to say the Bible does not oppose slavery. Today those verses are taken to apply to work situations. Comic strip readers will think of Dilbert and his very cynical view of work. You might be able to identify a fellow worker like 'Wally;' you wonder why he has not yet been fired. And 'Dogbert' the Human Resources guy with his evil intent. A friend told me that his parents told him to never mix business with friendship--don't do business with friends (or family) and don't make friends at work. It could help avoid some problems but also limits you too much. What do you think?