There are a lot of HR experts talking about ways to improve employee engagement or the employee experience to make employees happier. All the different ways I’ve read about online have some workability. However, what they all lack is durability.
For example: I’ve seen that a lot of culture experts are preaching appreciation or recognition awards, badges, etc.
And while it is true that to be appreciated, recognized, or acknowledged for one’s good works makes a person feel better about their worth, these recognition programs have no permanence or long-lasting effect. The good feeling created by the acknowledgment wears off in a day or two.
Add this to the fact that you can only dole out the recognition awards for a reason (good work, making a target, etc.) and you can see that that method of improving the employee experience has limited use.
There is another limiting factor in the whole recognition model to improve the employee experience or employee engagement. The limiting factor is that HR or executives are trying to make their employees happy instead of the employees making themselves happy.
A more ideal situation would be for the employee to be the source of their own happiness. How is that done? It is so simple to achieve but to explain it I need to cover the main reason for employee unhappiness in the first place.
To understand employee unhappiness, you have to understand values and basic human nature. And here is what you have to understand: THEY ARE THE SAME THING.
Values are defined as standards of behavior; qualities used as a method to attain an end or goal.
Dr. Alfred Barrios discovered the 24 characteristics of geniuses. (The link is to a free download of the 24 genius characteristics.) Here is what Dr. Barrios had to say:
“Most people have the mistaken idea that geniuses are born, not made. But if you look at the lives of the world’s greatest geniuses—like Edison, Socrates, da Vinci, Shakespeare, Einstein—you discover they all had 24 personality characteristics in common.
“These are traits that anyone can develop. It makes no difference how old you are, how much education you have, or what you have accomplished to date. Adopting these personality characteristics enables you to operate on a genius level.”
Our founder, Bob Duggan, found that the original meaning of genius meant innate, inborn, or inherent nature. So even though some characteristics may not be fully developed, those characteristics are inside all of us and can be fully developed because they are innately within everyone. Therefore, the 24 characteristics are not only values, they are basic human nature.
And here’s the deal: Since they are basic human nature, a person knows innately that they are capable of this standard of behavior or these qualities. They may need a little help developing it, but they know it can be developed.
So, here is the million-dollar question: How does a person feel when they violate or act contrary to their own human nature? Right. Unhappy.
Pick any of the 24 characteristics. Take the characteristic of Honesty. Being dishonest makes a person unhappy. Take Drive. If a team member isn’t giving his all to a project, he knows he’s letting the other team members down. And he’s causing his own unhappiness by not exerting his own human nature.
Just go down the list of these 24 innate genius characteristics. They are the values. They are basic human nature. Just look at the times in your own life where you violated any of them or didn’t use them when you could have, and you will find disappointment in self or unhappiness.
This is why our Genius Culture Course works so well. Revitalizing these characteristics not only improves executive and employee productivity, when a person restores their own genius characteristics, they create their own happiness.
Then when you have everyone operating on a genius level, your HR complaints will begin to fade away, executives and employees will be engaged, and you will have your own Genius Culture.
To learn more about our Genius Culture Course, go to GeniusCulture.com or call us at 727.401.3258.