Disclosure: This post is part of International Quality of Life BlogIt Day, sponsored by Sodexo. All opinions expressed are my own.
It’s International Quality of Life BlogIt Day! Sodexo and a group of bloggers have gotten together to focus on Quality of Life in the Workplace. Most of us spend a majority of our waking hours in the workplace. If the quality of life isn’t great in the place we spend most of our time, how can our overall quality of life be where it we want it to be?
Of all the different aspects that Sodexo focuses on, I find Recognition to be the most important. If you work hard day in and day out but are never recognized for it, what is your motivation to continuing to go above and beyond? Working hard because “it’s your job” will on take a person so far. I’ve worked in places that have no recognition plan or where no one was ever acknowledged for good performance. No matter how hard you worked you were acknowledged as much as the person who just did the bare minimal. It’s a negative environment and that transfers to other aspects of your life. You know when you’re unhappy at work it’s hard to be happy and positive when you get home.
I run a daycare. Is it a traditional workplace? No. However, I work out of my home and spend 11+ hours of my day there. A good working environment is not only important for myself and my co-teacher, but also for the children we take care of.
It feels fantastic to be recognized when you do a great job. Having a plan in place that recognizes employees makes the workplace a more positive and pleasant environment. While monetary recognition is fantastic, I find simply being acknowledged for the work you do motivating and uplifting. In the childcare business, people say “helping the kids is a great reward”. Well that is very true. I do feel rewarded in the fact that I have a huge part of how these children start off their educational lives. What we teach them provides the base for everything they learn and how they learn during the rest of their school years. I personally know this and it does feel great. However, having other people acknowledge this and believe your job is important, would be a fantastic as well.
This awesome video is a great moment where I feel like what we are doing is important and appreciated (especially by the jumping two year old).
While we have fantastic families in our care that let us know how much they appreciate what we do and great we are at our jobs, not all people in my field are as lucky. Many times, I feel that people look down on what I do for work. I’ve seen people actually say I should make less money. That is terribly discouraging to feel that undervalued in society.
I think a huge positive change in working environment of people in my field would be to feel more like people appreciated my job and the important role I play in the lives of children. Bringing more awareness to the importance of early childhood education is a great way to help myself and other preschool teachers feel important and recognized in our workplace.
I think its awesome that Sodexois so focused on Quality of life issues. Their wide range of programs help people and companies provide the best in Quality of Life services. They believe that providing quality environments for workers drives individuals and businesses to achieve higher performances. They have done extensive research and provide assistance in many different areas dealing with Quality of life.
There are so many things that can be done to improve the Quality of Life in workplaces all over our country. From the physical working environment to being acknowledged and recognized, Sodexo has helped tremendously with their services. By sponsoring this opportunity to bring these issues to light, they have brought awareness to these issues and what can be done to make sure we all lead the amazing lives we’d love to live.