In our culture of consumerism, it’s often hard to turn down the allure of the all mighty dollar. In recent years, it’s become more acceptable for retail stores to open on Thanksgiving in their race to cash in on the holiday shopping rush. This shift in priorities makes it impossible for their employees to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, sending a message to those employees that their priorities aren’t important and neither are they.
This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving. This uniquely American holiday is a time when we stop, reflect and give thanks for the blessings God has bestowed in our lives. While we stop and give thanks as individuals and families, it’s also a time to say thank you to our customers, clients and employees.
While it’s easy to assume that all companies are profit mongers and care little for their people, that’s simply not true. Some of the most profitable and beloved companies in the world use the principles of The OC Equation™ (values + philosophies x actions – OC) to ensure they achieve extraordinary business results by creating a workplace culture where people feel valued and appreciated.
So our hats are off this week to companies like Costco, Publix and others who not only “say” their employees are important – they prove it through their actions – closing for the entire Thanksgiving Day so their employees can also take time to stop, reflect and give thanks for their blessings. It’s not what you say that’s important, it’s what you do! Do your actions REALLY support the organizational culture (OC) you’re trying to establish to create a competitive advantage? If not, it’s time to reevaluate.
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