The person you report to is more important to your health, than your family doctor – Bob Chapman, CEO Barry Wehmiller
Yep, every time Bob says that to someone, they are shocked. But let’s think about this. When you spend a bit of time reflecting upon this statement, you’ll know it’s true. We spend the majority of our days at work, and we report to one person who will determine whether or not we love our jobs. And if we don’t love our jobs, this will reflect in our health and our relationships both inside and outside of work.
So if you are a manager, I want to you stop and reflect upon this for a moment. Actually, longer than a moment. Sit and ponder the importance of your role, and your responsibilities to the people in your team. It’s more than just making sure they perform. It’s about providing an environment for them to enjoy coming to work, and go home feeling satisfied they have had a fulfilling day.
This is easy to say, but not easy to do. It requires a whole paradigm shift for many. I love the saying from Bob about mass layoffs in a company: ” When times are tough at home, and you may be down to one wage, you don’t gather the kids in the lounge room and tell them one of them has to go as you can’t afford to feed them anymore, so why do we do this at work?” Why is it ok to treat people as numbers, not humans? Bob suggests to treat people as ‘heart counts’ – not head counts.
The people who work in our care every day, are someones Mother, Father, Husband, Wife, Child. Let’s remember to treat them with the same respect that we would want from our own managers. Let’s remember the saying that we are more important to our team members health than their family doctor – and act accordingly.