How do you know your company cares about you? Is it in the benefits or just the simple little things?
Recently, a friend of mine texted me that her company would not let the employees go home. Basically, the word was that there was still work to be done. The day before, everyone received a memo that there was no excuse to be late and leave early.
So what’s the problem? The town she lives in is having the worst snow storm reported in almost 30 years. The roads are bad, and my friend was not only upset that the commute home would be several hours, but she was concerned for her safety. Visibly looking out the window, she saw the snow coming down and heard all the news channels giving firm warnings, “If you don’t have to travel, stay in.”
So, what is a sign your company cares about you more than just as an employee—but as a person? …When the company does the right things by you and for your safety. In a snow storm that could threaten lives, this means sending families home to make snowmen with their kids. My friend’s employer is just a medium-sized company that sells stuff. However, the sales manager felt that if you left, you were a wimp and really didn’t want to succeed.
I am going to be crystal clear when I say this, so there is no misunderstanding me: this is a selfish company, and one acting from a place of pure ignorance. It is in moments like these that you discover the true character of your organization. When a company doesn’t have your welfare in hindsight, you are not viewed as valuable, but as a means to end.
The sad truth is there are so many companies who act in this fashion that the people who work for them do so with a sense of, “I am here to get a paycheck.” And as a result, the company loses buy-in through vanishing loyalty, commitment, engagement and passion from the very people who clock in every day. This is how companies lose so much money—by treating the very people that work there in a poor way. It makes you wonder what kind of product or service you will get as a customer. If the employees are being treated with disregard, then what do you think you as the customer will be treated as?