My friend, Jennifer, sincerely cares about the employees she supervises. More importantly, she doesn’t just tell them she cares, she shows them with her actions.
It’s such a fabulous concept because she is the genie and she grants them their wishes!
The Genie Grants Three or More Wishes
She hands out pieces of paper to her employees that ask the question, “What can I do to make you love your job or love your job even more?” and with space to list up to 20 wishes.
She requires them to write down at least three wishes.
Jennifer told me she tries very hard to grant every wish. If necessary, she’ll even take a wish request to the higher ups in her company if it’s not in her power to fulfill it. Wow!
Talk about going the extra mile for her people!
If she cannot fulfill a wish request, she takes the time to explain to the employee why she can’t.
You might think her employees would ask for crazy, extravagant things, but they rarely do Jennifer said. They often ask for little things, but little things that make a big difference in the comfort or happiness of that individual employee.
It’s not a surprise that a boss who tries to do everything in her power to help her employees love their job would have great retention. For Jennifer’s employees who have been on her team for a long time, they sometimes have trouble coming up with new wishes. They’ve had so many granted already!
When that happens, Jennifer asks them, “What can we stop doing that would make you love your job or love your job even more?”
As kids, we all loved the stories of the genie, the fairy godmother, the witch or the wizard granting people three wishes. Jennifer makes that magic happen for her employees with “Genie Makes a Visit!”
What a creative and effective way to show employee appreciation. I nominate Jennifer for Boss of the Year!
She is speaking the language of appreciation, Acts of Service, one of the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.
Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes. – Mary Martin
If your boss granted you three wishes, what would you wish for? Let us know in the comments!