Spend a few minutes in any business school classroom and you will undoubtedly hear discussions regarding the many ways a company can successfully improve productivity among its employees for the sole benefit of the bottom line. It is not nearly as often that the societal benefits of fostering a sense of community among employees is discussed, but this is precisely what Luke Weil has proposed.
Weil, the CEO & Co-Founder at Andina Acquisition Corp., believes that creating an atmosphere in which employees care about and rely on one another is important not only for the success of a company, but also for the individuals who make up the company’s identity. Weil acknowledges that there are financial incentives for creating this sense of community, but mostly he believes that it creates a sense of working for the common good, a sense that has been shown to improve job satisfaction.
Weil provided an example in which a group of employees at a fast-food restaurant in North Carolina all pitched in to help a homeless co-worker find and furnish an apartment. This kind act not only helped the co-worker who had been down on her luck, but it also provided a benefit to the family, to the co-workers who pitched in, and to the employer for whom they work.
These mutually beneficial outcomes should be pursued by companies in Madera so that similar feel-good stories can become much more commonplace, Weil says. In doing so, the community becomes a better place for all to live and work.