The long hours of work, stretched targets, never ending constraints on resources, erratic food habits, sleep deprivation, chores at home, “cannot miss family dos”, blocked calendars, beeping reminders, ringing alarms, buzzing laptops…All seem to scream for attention…Phew!!All these and much more…24 hours seem too less to accommodate for the zillion things “TO-DO”!!
Whom did you visualize when you read the lines…Let me guess?? Yourself!! Is it You? Your ‘best’ buddy or the “Not so polite or preferred” colleague is no different from you, he faces the same dilemma every single day. Do you realize that every person we meet has a complex world and has an even more complex set of “tasks” to deal with every single day? Think about what motivators do we extend to our employees. Is it about money alone? Probably not all the time.
I had a small discussion with a friend of mine, about “HR evangelism”. It was something that was catching up in most of the countries but yet to surface in India because -“HR is still in the nascent stages”…He spoke about how HR people were contributing in their own small ways of spreading positivity amongst people in the organization! People there 24-7-365…only to boost your morale…Wouldn’t you love that!!
HR evangelism is to reiterate the fact that the only resource that is “appreciative” in nature is the Human Resource in any organization. However HR evangelism should not be looked upon as an initiative by HR. It is for your human resource! You need not be an HR professional to practice this. Is it not important for you to ensure the best talent is present in your team? They run your organization. It is their thoughts and views that culminate into strategies. It is them who get the initiatives going; it is them who improve your service quality. It is them who drive the business and it is also them who are the brand ambassadors…All this and much more over and above the “Key Result Areas” that are set year on year! Do you reach out and make your colleague feel like “The Best”! It is said that to attract committed people you need to be committed…How do you reflect your commitment to your employees and colleagues? How do you feel when you reach out…do you do it because you have to, or because you want to? Most people today think about “What am I becoming?” rather than “What am I doing?” HR evangelism steps in here.”Evangelism” is to reinforce the importance and power of individuality…You are unique! And that is what your USP is. We do not realize that we are created in our own special way to make a difference in our own small way. We fail to realize that there is so much within that we fail to discover. However, the constant demands, stretched targets and the tight deadlines, makes one feel inadequate and falling short of “Meeting Expectations” all the time! One needs a lift in spirits, a reassurance, a pat on the back for all the efforts put in.HR evangelism however moves further from Employee Engagement or Recognition.
For an oil lamp to burn, the wick has to be in oil, yet out of the oil. If the wick is drowned in oil, it cannot bring light. Life is like the wick of the lamp, you have to be in the world yet remain untouched by it. Like St. Francis Assisi said: “All the Darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”. How true isn’t it?