I went to buy my coffee this morning and I forgot to grab cash. It’s 5:00 am and I'm really wanting coffee bad. All I had were checks and a credit card in my little fanny pack. The coffee shops credit card machine was down and they didn’t take checks. About this time an older woman approached the counter and offered to buy my coffee for me. She said to me “I’m just paying it forward”. I didn’t argue with her – I let her buy my coffee for me -and I gave her a hug. Now it’s my turn. I understand – it is about personal satisfaction.
Being able to see the little guy, the worker bees as human beings that matter and have value – that is priceless. Worker bees are the heart and soul of an enterprise. Sometimes we put too much emphasize on the big guy and we forget that those under us are actually the ones turning the wheel that keeps our doors open.
For instance, what good is administration without teachers. Or how about corporate executives without secretaries to provide a level of organization. You need cooks and waitresses and dishwashers to run a restaurant. It also helps to have certified electricians to run a power company. You need tellers at the windows of the bank, and nurses to tend to sick. The worker bees – they are at heart and soul of your business, institution, or nonprofit. They are your most valuable asset and should never become a liability. You need them.
In reality, we are all worker bees. Even those of us who own our own establishment or online practice. We are answerable to someone, somewhere; could be a bank, shareholders, or the marketplace, etc. Thus our work goes on, one worker bee at a time.
None of us can say without a hint of uncertainty that we have 100% of every process down, and that the margin of error is so small that nothing could go wrong. Of course you know the minute you state that, it’s as if Murphy’s Law kicks in and all hell breaks loose.
How do you combat Murphy’s Law? First off, except it as fact. Things happen that are unexpected. There is a philosophy that moves away from Murphy’s Law and acknowledges that things will go wrong regardless of how well we plan. The challenge is of course to make those things that go wrong part of the plan. Another idea is to pay it forward. How do you get coffee without cash? Pay it forward!
How do you get coffee without cash?
Find a solution, find a work around, be flexible, and ask your worker bees what
they know. You will be surprised how often those worker bees understand your organization from a different angle, and possibly enough to save your bacon when the economy begins to move in a direction not in your favor.
Education is not a sure fire way to protect yourself against the hardships of this world either. While getting an education doesn't hurt, it won't mean anything unless you put it into practice. If you never put it into practice it is just a piece of paper on the wall.
As well, all the money in the world cannot, and will not take the place of the human connection. You need to have people in your life that you trust and rely on - like worker bees. Building those relationships is key to how successful you will be in your life time. I'm not talking financially as much as I am in the realm of personal satisfaction. You can have all the money in the world and still be a miserable old cuss. People are what make us who we are - especially those worker bees.
Been burned? It’s part of the plan. Been given the ax? It’s part of the plan. As hard as it may sound to do, you have to take those rough moments in your life and make them part of the master plan. It’s like learning to roller skate, you AREgoing to fall on a very delicate part of your body and it will hurt. But, you get back up and do it again, until you are proficient enough to stay up for longer and longer periods of time.
Getting back to our worker bees. With their help our organizations, and businesses are supported by their skills and knowledge. When you have worker bees who are trained and understand that everything is connected, you have a much stronger work environment . You rely on them, trust them, and need them. It really is in your best interest to be available to your worker bees. Make the time to be with your worker bees. Build in those incentives that keep the bee colony happy. There is always Murphy’s Law that is quick to remind you of just how valuable your worker bees really are.
..and the buzz is all about Personal Satisfaction.