Hey, there. I’m Laura Roeder, and today I want to ask you are you treating your hired help like the hired help?
Here is what I mean. My mom has this phrase which she says. I don’t know if other people say this or my mom just made it up, you never know with my mom, but she’ll sometimes say that someone treated someone like the hired help. Like she has this story about how my grandpa was raised by people who weren’t his family and how instead of treating him like family, they treated him like the hired help.
So treating someone like the hired help is not a good thing. Treating someone like the hired help means that you view them as beneath you instead of having an equal relationship with them. You just give them orders, right? And a lot of people treat their hired help like the hired help, and then they’re surprised when they have problems or when things don’t go well or they’re not getting the kind of performance that they want from their independent contractors or from their employees.
And what I would like to offer is that you don’t want to treat your hired help like the hired help. You want to treat them like the good old golden rule, right? You want to treat them how you would want to be treated. You want to be friendly. You want to be kind. You want to be nice. You want to have a respectful relationship. You want to speak to them the way that you would like to be spoken to.
I think a lot of us hire people and we just expect them to be little working robots, right? We just expect to be able to put in an order and have the exact work we want come out. That’s part of it, right? You give people assignments and they do them. Of course that’s part of work, but they’re also humans like you are and you want to interact with them just like you would other humans that you like to have positive relationships with.
Again, it’s the good old golden rule. Treat people how you would like to be treated and it especially applies if you want to have great relationships with the people that you work with and the people that work for you. So don’t treat your hired help like the hired help.