Conventional wisdom says workers — especially Finance staffers — should check their generosity at the door when they get to work. Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, says that doesn’t have to always be the case.
He argues in his book Give and Take that generosity is a key attribute that leads to productive workplaces. Here are two generous gifts to share with your workers (just don’t get all teary-eyed with them):
- Show staffers that their work has meaning. Share emails from happy occupants or surveys that reinforce the good job they’re doing. It can motivate them and make the grind a little less dreary.
- Build a work culture where teamwork is valued. You probably have bonuses for individual performance. Think of ways to quantify teamwork, and then reward employees for that, too. It gives them more of a reason to work better together.