Here in Hawaii, when people experience kindness, friendliness, and actions of genuine caring, they refer to this process as the Aloha Spirit – Hawaii’s greatest marketing tool. In the workplace, it is a feeling that connects people and develops positive working relationships in the office. The Aloha Spirit lives within all of us. We all have the capacity to share that spirit with others. Anyone who has felt the Aloha Spirit is compelled to perpetuate it because of the wonderful benefits derived from it such as: boosting self-esteem, promoting positive feelings, instilling a sense of camaraderie and inspiring personal excellence. And as it is generally agreed upon in Hawaii, what you with others, eventually comes back to you, so it might as well be positive results.
In today’s fast paced workplace, we all know that a team working together successfully can produce good results. A high performance team is the heart and soul of any company’s success. Every person on the work team is the heart and soul of any company’s success. Every person on the work team – whether they are in a top management position or on the front line – must feel welcomed, valued and respected as a contributing member of that team to perform at his or her best. Each team member must have the attitude, knowledge and skills to deal with people in order to bring about a productive and harmonious team. Sharing the Aloha Spirit in the workplace with others can bring about improvement in the morale of employees and management, the level of customer service, the quality of the products and services, increased profits and productivity.
In a time when high quality customer service and products are essential, each member of the working team must be willing and able to know how to provide the excellent service that customers expect and desire, and more importantly, why they need to do that on a continuous level in their business. The success in teaming will depend on how much the members put into it. It’s the spirit of the team that will keep them together and instill in them a tremendous respect for what it is that the members can do together.
Bringing the Aloha Spirit into the workplace is a powerful concept. It is a philosophy that is just as appropriate in life – as you interact with your family and friends – as it is in the workplace with your colleagues. It represents an opportunity to assist people to live and work together in understanding, appreciation and harmony. The Aloha Spirit seeks to move people from “me” to “we” and break down people-made barriers. Trust, security and effective communications are indicators of a healthy and productive work climate. People in this kind of a business environment are positive, caring, kind, considerate, and have honorable purposes. There is a mutual support and high morale among the team members. It’s a win-win situation, where people help each other to succeed, and achieve their personal and professional best.
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