QUITTING & 79% of Employees Quit Because They’re not Appreciated. Try These 4 Things Before You Say Good-Bye

by Todd Nordstrom, Inc. Magazine, 9/19/17.

…The Society of Human Resource Management Association, or SHRM reports that only 38 percent of employees feel very satisfied with their current job. Gallup shows that nearly 70 percent of employees are not engaged in their work. But what struck me about the responses I received was how many people are frustrated and angry at work simply because of the way their boss manages people. “Micromanaging,” was a word often used in responses. “A focus on only the negative,” was another. However the most common response I received was, “…a lack of appreciation.”

…I suggest four things that can positively transform culture, and negative boss behavior.

1. Serve the Recipient of Your Work.

It’s common, especially with a leader that is focused on finding the negative in situations, to assume your job is to make them happy on a daily basis. However, in these situations many employees overlook the true recipient of their work.

My friend Mark Sanborn wrote a book about understanding the impact you can have by serving the recipient of your work, titled, The Fred Factor. The book follows a postal carrier who truly goes out of his way to serve his ‘clients’, even though his extra effort wouldn’t get him a raise, extra accolades, or a promotion. He served the people on his route.

2. Stop Meeting Expectations and Exceed Them.

Research shows that 88 percent of award-winning projects begin with an employee asking the question, “What difference could I make that someone would love?”

The word “love” doesn’t mean just living up to your job description. It means going above and beyond. Before you quit seek new employment, ask yourself if you’ve truly created a difference that someone loves.

3. View The World From Their Eyes, With Their Goals, and Take Action.

If you think your boss is a jerk, it’s tough to see the world through their lens. But my friend, Bestselling Author Rory Vaden, may have said it best when he was quoted as saying, “Only hurt people, hurt people.”

Try to see the world through the eyes of your jerky boss. What are they trying to achieve, and who are they trying to impress? Your boss may have a worse boss, and a negative perception of leadership because that’s the only thing they know. Step into their shoes. Offer to help them reach their goal and impress the people they’re worried about.

4. Appreciate.

You may not live day-to-day in a culture of appreciation. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice it. Research shows recognition and appreciation is the number one thing employees say their boss could do that would inspire them to produce great work. If your boss isn’t handing out accolades, it doesn’t mean you can’t…

Read more at … https://www.inc.com/todd-nordstrom/79-percent-of-employees-quit-because-theyre-not-ap.html

QUOTES & John Wesley’s Quote of War (as evidence of original sin)

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel:  This is an ongoing series of quotes from the Wesleyan Movement with citations to the original sources.

Here are forty thousand men gathered together on this plain. What they going to do? See, there are thirty or forty thousand more at a great distance. And these are going to shoot them through the head or body, to stab them, or split their skulls, and send most of their souls into everlasting fire, as fast as they possibly can. Why so? What harm have they done to them? O, none at all! They do not so much as know them. But a man, who is king of France has a quarrel with another man, who is king of England. So these Frenchmen are to kill as many of these Englishmen as they can, to prove the king of France is in the right. Now, what an argument is this? What a method of proof? What an amazing way of deciding controversies! What must mankind be, before such a thing as war could ever be known or thought of upon earth? How shocking, how inconceivable a want must there have been of common understanding, as well as common humanity, before any two governors, or any two nations in the universe could once think of such a method of decision! If then, all nations, Pagan, Mohammedan, and Christian, do, in fact, make this their last resort, what farther proof of do we need of the utter degeneracy of all nations from the plainest principles of reason and virtue? Of the absolute want, both of common sense and common humanity, which runs through the whole race of mankind?

Works (Jackson) 9:221 The Doctrine of Original Sin (part 1)

For more such quotes see: The United Methodist Church General Board of Church & Society, http://www.kintera.org/site/c.frLJK2PKLqF/b.4452011/k.7E8E/Quotations_by_John_Wesley.htm

QUOTES & John Wesley’s Quote on Racism & the Legal System

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel:  This is an ongoing series of quotes from the Wesleyan Movement with citations to the original sources.

Reading this morning a tract wrote by a poor African, I was particularly struck by that circumstance that a man who has a black skin, being wronged or outraged by a white man, can have no redress; it being a “law’ in our colonies that the oath of a black against a white goes for nothing. What villainy is this?

Letter to William Wilberforce, February 24, 1791 (the last letter John Wesley ever wrote)

For more such quotes see: The United Methodist Church General Board of Church & Society, http://www.kintera.org/site/c.frLJK2PKLqF/b.4452011/k.7E8E/Quotations_by_John_Wesley.htm

QUOTES & John Wesley on Wealth, Inheritance and Luxury

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel:  This is an ongoing series of quotes from the Wesleyan Movement with citations to the original sources.

I am pained for you that are ‘rich in this world’. Do you give all you can? You who receive five hundred pounds a year, and spend only two hundred, do you give three hundred back to God? If not, you certainly rob God of that three hundred. You that receive two hundred, and spend but one, do you give God the other hundred? If not, you rob him of just so much. ‘Nay, may I not do what I will with my own?’ Here lies the ground of your mistake. It is not your own. In cannot be, unless you are Lord of heaven and earth. ‘However, I must provide for my children.’ Certainly. but how? By making them rich? Then you will probably make them heathens, as some of you have done already. “What shall I do, then?” Lord, speak to their hearts! Else the preacher speaks in vain. Leave them enough to live on, not in idleness and luxury, but by honest industry. And if you have not children, upon what scriptural or rational principles can you leave a groat behind you more than will bury you?

Sermon 131, “The Danger of Increasing Riches”, II. 17.

For more such quotes see: The United Methodist Church General Board of Church & Society, http://www.kintera.org/site/c.frLJK2PKLqF/b.4452011/k.7E8E/Quotations_by_John_Wesley.htm

QUOTES & John Wesley’s Quote on Women in Ministry

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel:  This is an ongoing series of quotes from the Wesleyan Movement with citations to the original sources.

“But may not women, as well as men, bear a part in this honourable service?” Undoubtedly they may; nay, they ought; it is meet, right, and their bounded duty. Herein there is no difference; “there is neither male nor female in Christ Jesus. “Indeed, it has long passed for a maxim with many, that “women are only to be seen, not heard.” And accordingly many of them are brought up in such a manner as if they were only designed for agreeable playthings. But is this doing honour to the sex? Or is it a real kindness to them? NO; it is the deepest unkindness; it is horrid cruelty; it is mere Turkish barbarity. And I know not how any woman of sense and spirit can submit to it. Let all you that have it in your power assert their right which the God of nature has given. You. yield not to the vile bondage any longer. You, as well as men, are rational creatures. You, like them, were made in the image of God; you are equally candidates for immortality; you too are called of God, as you have time, to “do good unto all men.” Be “not disobedient to the heavenly calling.” Whenever you have opportunity, do all the good you can, particularly to your poor, sick neighbour. And everyone of you likewise “Shall receive your own reward, according to your own labour.”

Sermon 98, “On Visiting the Sick”, III. 7.

For more such quotes see: The United Methodist Church General Board of Church & Society, http://www.kintera.org/site/c.frLJK2PKLqF/b.4452011/k.7E8E/Quotations_by_John_Wesley.htm