Pauline is sitting at her desk immersed in her own thoughts and going down the memory lane of her past 30 years.
Pauline still remembers the big day when she was 8 years old. She is waiting for her big day, the final competition for being declared “The Best Child Dancer under 10″ in the biggest competitions held by a TV channel in her country. She is passionate about dancing and spends hours on her practice. The Finale arrives and she gives a mind-blowing performance. She wins the competition. She gets accolades, awards, appreciation of her performance. She is exhilarated.
A smile returns to her face when she thinks about this moment.
She has won many awards thereafter not only in her country but also internationally. Dance is her passion but Pauline has always kept it as a hobby rather than make a career out of that. She is multi skilled and has never had any issues in trying out diverse things and out shining in each of those. She is currently a Senior Executive with a top multinational – she has spent over 10 years with this Company and has grown in her role. She is one of the top performers and has contributed to the phenomenal growth of the Company. The Company will face a significant loss if she decides to leave the Company.
Pauline, however is not happy and she rarely shares or shows what is going on beneath the surface. She continues to give her commitment to her role as a leader, manager and as a senior board member of the organization. She manages to shut her emotions of not being content whilst she is at work.
A shrill telephone ring shakes Pauline out of her reverie….
Can you picture yourself in Pauline’s shoes ? You bring yourself to work and shut off some of your emotions and over time these get pent-up. No one at work asks you nor does your manager have the time for you, to connect or to find out how you are doing? You feel like a cog in the wheel and over time it probably affects your productivity and your passion with which you do your work.
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge – Plato
Strong emotions & feelings if not recognized tend to be a biggest drain and over time creates a vicious circle of Negative Emotions.
Not recognizing or appreciating the contribution of an individual in an organization affects the performance of not only that person but also the service to clients and possibly the competitive space of the organization. Many times it isn’t only the financial rewards that count but it is necessary to improve the lines of communication, encourage positive energy which means work on building the strengths of an individual.
An organization is about people and each individual is unique. In meeting and surpassing revenue and growth targets, meeting deadlines, many a manager in an organization forget to truly connect with an individual, their interests and most of all create an environment to make them feel safe and wanted.