Throughout Barry-Wehmiller, we “measure success by the way we touch the lives of others.” In 2011, Dr. Chris Long of Georgetown University and Dr. Markus Baer of Washington University in St. Louis conducted an academic study to understand what caused our team members to feel that their lives had been “touched” by our culture.
In addition to the results, the researchers noted characteristics of the surveyed group. One attribute stood out across all of the team members who had participated in the study: a high level of altruism. In other words, those team members were more likely to do things for others without expectation of receiving anything in return.That is the world we imagine, a world where people think of others first. Click To Tweet
That is the world we imagine, a world where people think of others first! As leaders, we have an opportunity to help make that happen by showing sincere care and concern for those who lives are entrusted to us. If we create loving work communities in which our team members feel cared for, they in turn care for those whose lives they touch. In other words, we create the space for altruism to become more than just a special event but rather a part of the fabric of the organization.
Beginning to think, feel and act in this way can be a transformational experience. Once people feel the fulfillment of giving this kind of care, their lives are changed forever. I was touched by THIS VIDEO that one of our team members shared. The young men it features experienced the joy of performing a simple act of kindness, and likely their lives have been forever changed.