Impressions – What do People Experience When They Interact with Your Firm?

‘Blue Boats on White Sand’ by Claude Monet

"Impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. The artists like to capture their images without detail but with bold colors. Some of the greatest impressionist artists were Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Pierre Auguste Renoir." 'Impressionism,'

When people ‘glance’ at your employer – what do they see? As the old saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Putting your best foot forward at all times would seem to be the order of the day for an organization’s workforce; especially to impress and attract customers as well as potential business partners and talented professionals. Future business depends upon the service and perception a firm projects after all – and the firm’s most valuable asset – the people that make it happen.

In ‘'Employers Should Embrace Workers as Valuable Assets,' consulting firm businessPaths posits, "If you look at the reality of what's happening in the workplace today, Gallup, having tracked employee engagement for 30 years, reports less than one-third of employees engaged at work, more than half not engaged in their jobs, and nearly one-fifth of employees actively disengaged. That's a long way from the optimum, with people feeling valued, in the boat rowing in the same direction and competing to secure the future."

In 'A Happy Employee Equals Happy Customers,' on Jessica Oaks writes, "Because a successful business is truly a customer-focused endeavor, happy employees often lead to happy customers. Having a contented staff can certainly impact the company’s bottom line, so here are some ways to positively affect your employees’ morale." Her suggestions include morale-boosting initiatives such as improving compensation packages and Benefits, investing in corporate culture, rewards and incentives including surprise half days off, and increased communication.

"Sometimes, all employees want is to be heard. Business owners and management can accomplish this on the cheap just by listening up. Simply increasing communication with employees, especially in these tough economic times, can strengthen employees’ trust in the company and in you. This will promote employees’ satisfaction and can cut down on errors and rework. It’s a win-win for both business and employees."