Companies are still struggling , but as I previously mentioned, there are signs of optimism and businesses are finding opportunities, both in their own country and throughout the world. This world is a small place and reputations travel very quickly, whether they are good, or bad. I recently read an article by Jo Haigh, who I have known on and off, for several years, and completely endorse her comments which relate to how some people have reacted to the tough economic climate. Yes, it’s tough, but that shouldn’t stop people from being pleasant in their dealings with others and acknowledging their contribution to the survival and growth of the business. Stress in business can cause friction, but saying ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ costs nothing, and can mean so much to the person or people concerned. If criticism is required, make it constructive and in private, and offer a solution.
Attitude starts at the top. It might be easy to take credit for somebody else’s work, but it is not acceptable. In an interconnected world, reputations goes before, as well as after. As we come out of this recession, people will choose which company globally, they work for, and having good working relationships and acknowledging work done, will bring the right kind of people to growing companies.