Higher Education -- Social aspects -- United States, Employee motivation, Organizational effectiveness, Personnel management, Supervision of employees, Employee orientation, Work environment -- Interventions, Corporate culture, Work-life balance, Work and family, Motivation (Psychology), Professional development
Ultimately, creating a culture of caring will make the difference between paying employees to work for the organization and having them get up in the morning wanting to work for the organization. Staff will be more engaged, more committed, and more productive, will encourage others, and will live longer lives. Caring can't be faked. While this article has mentioned many ways to focus on a culture of caring, caring is not a list of boxes to check off. It is never "finished." Training people to genuinely care is difficult to do, so organizational leaders must keep this attribute in mind, along with the traditional technical skills, when selecting managers. A culture of caring must be led by example from the top down. If created successfully, this culture will infuse an organization with a feeling and an energy that cannot be replicated no matter the amount of money spent on climbing walls or executive chefs.
Kelly, Kirk, Kutch, Brenna (2017, September/October). From Climbing Walls to Caring, EDUCAUSE Review, 52(5), 36-48.