I read inspiring stories and motivational quotes in the papers, on the internet and yet much of the work-place conversation is dominated by themes of the opposite emotions. Yes, it may point to many many issues including the top management's policies and yet I can't help thinking that it boils down to the individual employee.
The things we get influenced by, is not accidental. Like everything that makes a difference to our lives, what we get influenced by is a matter of no one else's choice but our own.
I have observed that the individuals who matter, work ceaselessly. The ones who do all the complaining and whining, do that everyday. They work too, but the major theme in their lives is not their work, but their disdain for work, revealed in what they say.
I believe a man is defined by his work. Everything else is secondary. The workers whom we all recognize by their superlative working style, at any level of employment, form the backbone of any organization, big or small. I am trying to give these heroes words which they do not seem to need, but it has to be said. The employees who continue to do good work, must not be discouraged by the ones who are apathetic to any work.
Each such employee who works to the best of his ability runs on his fuel of self-motivation. They are the ones who need appreciation and commendations. If they are not encouraged by words and positive feedback at the time of writing their annual confidential reports, then we just add another number to the indifferent persons they work with.
The employee who is an asset must be treated as such, must be told so.
The others will not make a difference, any which way.