Daily quote: The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. Toynbee
I call this accomplishment “Bringing LOVE to the workplace…I believe that a loving organization would be a dream come true for most of us. Specifically, this type of workplace environment would show respect and consideration for all people, it would be a place where purpose and meaning would be shared by all, where individual differences are celebrated; information is open to all not suppressed or spun; the company adds value to well lived life; where everyone one could earning a living wage; the climate would embrace selflessness not selfishness; the work is like play intrinsically fun and rewarding; and there standards and policies that place people’s well being and sharing in profits show in a concrete way the business owners care about their employees well being.
They have the faculty of calling out the best in them, appealing to their manliness, their sense of fairness, of justice, in doing as they would be done by.
“Do unto others as you would that others should do unto you.” All the philosophy of the ages is concentrated in this single sentence. It embodies the essential element in practical Christianity. All law lives in it, the principle of all reform. Its practice will ultimately swallow up all greed, and the time will come when every man will see that his own best good is in the highest good of everybody about him. The time will come when even in the business world the Golden Rule will be found by all to be the wisest and most businesslike policy.
Mr. H. Gordon Selfridge thinks that the labor problem would solve itself if employers treated their employees as they would like to be treated themselves, or as they would like to have their children treated. He says that the keeping these points in mind constitutes seventy-five per cent, of the secret of the success of his great department store in London, which, in the third year of his business there, made a profit of half a million dollars. Yet when he started his enterprise the best business men in London predicted that it would be a complete failure. Conservative people said: “He’ll be broke within a year. It can’t be done. We don’t like this kind of pushing business over here.” But by projecting the progressive spirit of Americanism into his business methods in the heart of London, where for centuries men had done business as their fathers and grandfathers and their remote ancestors had done, and by humane kindly treatment of his employees, he smashed old traditions and broke all business records.