Complaining, criticism, and negative outlooks are contagious.
But joy is more contagious.
No matter the size of the company, some questions are the same.
How do you fix employee morale?
How do you get people on board during change?
How do you get everyone pushing the same direction?
The first answer is fairly simple. David McInnis is famous at Wizard Academy for the phrase, “Sometimes the cure for company morale is to fire all the unhappy people.” That sounds so simplistic it’s almost a truism. But sometimes the key to improving morale is more complicated.
Joy and possibilities are fundamental outlooks on life. Hire intelligent people who view the world as full of possibility, and it’s not hard to teach them the fundamentals of almost any job.
But an incredibly smart or qualified individual with a bad attitude is still just an employee with a bad attitude. It’s a cancer that will eat you alive until you remove it.
Find people who do their work with joy, and everything changes.
But joy doesn’t need to be focused only on the work and the job. There’s joy to be found in the people you labor beside.
It’s easy to see how people are broken, and certain kinds of insightful people love to brag about how quick they are to realize other people’s flaws. Those pompous pedantics love to parade their insight and intelligence while they caricature people as the sum of their flaws.
The real magic in life is seeing past people’s brokenness to the hope and possibility they carry inside. If you can spot that, wake it up, and nurture it, you can give them hope. People with hope in their hearts will move mountains.
It can be hard, I know. Brutal even. And sometimes there’s a point where you need to cut ties, even if it’s just for healthy boundaries. But it’s rewarding to get past people’s flaws so you can truly see them. It makes it easier to find joy and expands the horizons of possibility.
So here’s to you and your magically broken, beautiful self. Pursue hope and joy in yourself and your journey.
Make it a point to find the same in others.