For many of us, it can be far too easy to feel like a cog in a machine. Many in larger corporations never get to even meet their boss - let alone enjoy the feeling of interacting with their higher-ups.
Well, one CEO from BELFOR Holdings Inc., has decided enough is enough. Sheldon Yellen hand writes a birthday card to each of his 9,200 employees every year to express his gratitude. And it seems his efforts are paying off, as studies show working in an environment wherein one feels appreciated near-universally leads to better work.
In a capitalist society, work is a non-negotiable.For the vast majority of us, spending hours of our day at our place of work is just a reality of life.
Which, if you enjoy your work, is no problem.But sadly, many people find themselves stuck in careers they don't really feel passionate about.
And there's something that can make matters even worse.In certain companies, it can feel as though the hard work of the employees all goes into the pocket of an evil, exploitative boss.
Meaning people aren't rewarded for the work they do.*Cough* Jeff Bezos *cough*
But you know what can make all the difference?A little bit of human connection, and feeling appreciated in the work you're doing.
As one CEO learned.A big boss has hit headlines this week for figuring out how to show his employees he appreciates them - in a rather unusual way.
This is Sheldon Yellen.
via: TwitterHe's the current CEO of BELFOR Holdings Incorporated, a successful disaster-relief and property-restoration company.
He's worked in business for years.And from the moment he began climbing the ranks, Yellen made a promise to himself - to never let his employees feel taken for granted.
And the way he does it?Yellen writes every single one of his employees a birthday card.
Sounds simple, right?Well, it was at first. But now, Yellen has over nine thousand employees. That's a lot of birthday cards!
It's a pretty big undertaking."There is an inside joke with acquisitions that I ask prior to closing: 'How many more people?'" he told Business Insider's Chris Weller in 2017."Since I am constantly calculating [the birthday cards] in my mind rather than 'What is the EBITDA?'"
There's a clever reason behind this.Yellen knew by writing the cards his employees would come say thanks. "And it worked," he said. "It got people talking, we started to communicate more, and I like to think it helped me earn respect within the company."
And it's not just birthdays.According to the company director of marketing communications Alexandra Gort, Yellen writes thank-you notes, anniversary cards, holiday cards, and writes to his employees' kids when they are sick.
It's a savvy business decision, too.The move has created a culture of closeness within the company - but "it's also something that doesn't have to cost a thing," Yellen points out.
KIndness is free, after all."When I learn of random acts of kindness being performed in the field, I take it upon myself to again, reach out in writing, and send a thank you card so that person can know they are appreciated and that their efforts don't go unnoticed."
And it turns out, he's right.According to career experts, successful managers are ones who consistently praise employees' good work.
Kinder bosses make better bosses.Expressing genuine interest in their employees is one of the most valuable things a boss can do, workers told Business Insider.
And that's not all.There's even research which suggests that employees feeling underappreciated are far more likely to quit.
And Yellen has never regretted his decision.
via: Sheldon Yellen"When leaders forget about the human element, they're holding back their companies and limiting the success of others."