Words are really interesting. The choice of words we use impacts how we view or treat something or someone. Start calling your employees your partner and you will increase engagement, satisfaction and performance.Why should you treat your employees as a partner?
Think about the word partner: a person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business or company with shared risks and profits. Now think about the word employee: a person employed for wages or salary, especially at a non executive level.
Which definition of an employee is better? Partner better describes the ideal employee. You and your employees take part in an undertaking together and you both share the risks and profits. Based on the definition of employee it sounds and feels like they are just after a paycheck with no personal investment and no desire to see themselves or the organization win. You may even unconsciously treat them that way.
Some employees are just there for a paycheck and that is fine if they meet the minimum standards. But when you come across those who are there as a partner recognize the difference and adjust your approach. Nurture them, help them grow and share the positive outcomes.Start calling your employees a partner. Work with them in a manner that suggests you value the shared risks and that you will share in the profits. Maybe you’ll even be able to spark something beautiful in those that are just there for a paycheck.