I grew up on a ranch in rural Queretaro, Mexico. My father was owner and owner representative of a family agricultural business. The main crops were chilles, corn, Valencia oranges, limes, bananas, mangos, sugar cane and avocados. He would also share crop with the local farmers that leased some of his land. My father was known as Don Alejandro. These farmers and all the people that worked on the ranch had a reverence and respect for him that honestly I have not seen in the US workplace. Understand that all the employees were paid to work and they also got to keep a portion of their share crop. However, times predictably would become difficult and my father was that “Option” they would reach out to him and borrow corn and chille on account during periods of drought.
I helped my father keep the books and noticed a couple of folks were carrying a large amount of debt. I questioned his reasoning on continuing to allowing these individual to take more corn and chille on credit. He looked at me and said that when people are desperate they will first seek help the right way and if this does not work out they will steal. He said that this was a small price to pay and it encouraged good behavior, a positive community interaction and he was developing trust. He got to harvest a full crop and his employees and sharecroppers work hard to get this done. At the end of the day, they did not steal from him. They trusted and respected him and knew he would
My point is exactly that, treat people with respect and understanding and you will get this back, two fold! I read another wonderful article noted below (1) that supports the positive workplace environment interactions and management style-tactic. I recommend reading it when you have a few spare moments.
Peace DianaMy dad worked in the business world, as a print publisher, while I was growing up.. To me, on the occasional wife-and-kid-visits to Dad's office in New York, the business world seemed boring and stale. My dad said, "It's not boring to us, on our team. It's fun. We solve problems all day long and make things up and figure things out." I wasn't convinced.