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The Secret To Having Happy Employees

Posted April 1, 2010

I ran across an article today about building a happy company by Jay Goltz, a contributing writer to the NYTimes.com that I found intriguing. The article is about running an organization full of happy employees. Now, it’s no secret that happy team members are more productive team members.

What’s interesting about the approach that Mr. Goltz takes is that a big part of his formula for happiness is to fire unhappy employees.

Not to put the burden completely on the employee though. I had the privilege recently of meeting with Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church recently (the church I serve as Executive Pastor is hosting the upcoming Global Leadership Summit, and meeting with Bill was a perk for senior leadership of host churches). One of the comments he made during that meeting was

“People join organizations, but leave managers.”

A bad manager, left unchecked, can take a functional employee and encourage dysfunction, but the ultimate point of the article is to ultimately fire unhappy employees.

I’m still processing implications for the church world on this topic.

  • Should our goal be to ensure happiness in the church work environment?
  • From a pastoral standpoint, where does our motivation of shepherding play in to helping unhappy employees?
  • What if it’s our fault? Have you as a leader asked yourself that question first?

What do you think?

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