Who Is The Most Valuable Group In Any Company?

Who Is The Most Valuable Group In Any Company?The other evening at a small networking event a few of us met some people who were at the same venue yet not in our networking group. Of course, since this was all about connecting and networking, we had them join our little group and engaged in conversation with them and welcomed them into our fold.

One of the people went to great lengths to explain to me after hearing about my work as a speaker, trainer and coach with a main focus on leadership, effective communication and emotional intelligence in the workplace, why Human Resources (HR) is the most valuable part of any company and severely under rated in their function. Yes, you heard that right – the most valuable part of any company.

Right now, stop and take a moment to comment in the comment section – what is the most valuable group in your company – where you work?

The week before I was at Baltusrol Golf Club – yes that Baltusrol, which by the way is a gem of a golf course and full of history! I was in conversation with one of the golfers in our foursome about my work of adding value to individuals, teams, divisions and entire companies by introducing cultural change, values based leadership and more. He is a very senior lawyer at a Fortune 100 company.

During our discussion he mentioned how HR almost raises their own level of importance by introducing a variety of measurements and evaluation and processes which really restricts people who run groups inside the company from being leaders and bringing in outside speakers and trainers with fresh thinking and outside view points. He has witnessed over the last decade and more how HR has forced themselves into much more than necessary to the point where they have raised their level of importance without really adding any tangible value. Yes, you heard that right – they have raised their level of importance without really adding any tangible value.

Now here is the thing – HR has a function – and full disclosure – HR is critical to me and my business as often it is the HR group which places me on their list of coaches to select from or retain as their Executive Coach for the company and brings me in to conduct training and workshops on Effective Personal Leadership, Effective Personal Productivity and much, much more.

If you have not done so already, please go to the comments area and note – what is the most valuable group in your company – where you work?

Here is the answer to the question – Who Is The Most Valuable Group In Any Company?

The Group Of People Who Are Working At The Company! 

The People Who Work At The Company are the MOST VALUABLE GROUP!

Everyone must be on the same team! No one group should attempt to be known as the most important group in the company. It is a team effort. This is why CULTURE MATTERS. Everyone must understand and recognize from the most senior levels in the company to the most entry level person in the company every single person contributes to the success or failure of the business in some way.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive coach, trainer and speaker based in Stamford, CT.

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distracted-at-workThis is the latest slogan in use to get the attention of the numerous already very distracted drivers of vehicles. The point is – it is a warning that you will be getting a fairly expensive moving violation ticket if you are caught texting while driving. The amount of the fine gets progressively higher as you are issued the next ticket for this offense.

The more important point of this slogan and the effort by the local and State Police is the prevention of the recently higher and higher number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. The numbers are staggering. At least ten percent of drivers are utilizing, looking at or holding onto some type of electronic hand held device while driving. The ten percent number seems low to me based upon my unscientific look around at other drivers while driving. Probably should not do that either as it is distracting.

What may be even worse is the children in the car see the driver texting while driving. Think about it – these are the future drivers who will model what they are seeing from the passenger seat when they are the one behind the wheel.

Which brings me to the point of this article – Are U DISTRACTED at work? The most recent survey conducted of the workforce in the U.S.A. and the U.K. reflected 28 percent to 35 percent of the workforce are fully disengaged from their work, while at work. Close to 44 percent do not respect or even like their managers or leadership at their workplace.

These numbers tell many stories. In fact, these figures would easily support an article about leadership, motivation, culture and much more. For now let’s focus on distractions in the workplace. Specifically, if the distracted driving epidemic exists and pervades our society out on the roads, similarly the handheld devices are a cause for distraction at work.

Further the desktop PC, laptop or any connection to the world outside may be a cause for distractions in the workplace. Here is the rub. A workplace in a lock down mode is setting itself up for a huge problem. The up and coming workforce in the age group under 35 years old right now is not interested in working in this type of an environment. Ask anyone in this age group and they will tell you they are able to quickly scan a few sites or newsfeeds and be caught up on anything going on anywhere on any topic. In a few minutes they are able to assess who is thinking about what on any topic with a few taps on the keys going through their social media accounts.

These are not distractions. These are attributes and tools to be properly utilized in the context of the position in the business held by this person. Unfortunately in many cases the job description is crafted by legal or by someone who has rewritten the former job description from a 1980’s manual.

It is time to assess what is a distraction at work and what attributes may be brought to the table to add value by enabling the broader utilization of the internet in a variety of job functions.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified personal and executive coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

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