Love, as a word, has many different meanings. For example we don’t love our new car the same way we love a family member. In the Greek language, there are many different words for the various kinds of love. Right now, I want to focus on what the Greeks call “agape” or “brotherly love”. Practicing brotherly love for your coworkers, vendors, and customers is a game changer and will greatly set you apart from your competition in terms of recruitment, retention, expense management, and sales. Also, it’s just the right thing to do.
I love what the Apostle Paul has to say on this topic:
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:9-10
Can you imagine how much better your workplace would be if everyone genuinely cared for each other? Everyone is supporting one another. You don’t have to worry about what people are saying behind your back because you know they are not saying anything with evil intent. What if one of the goals you tracked was how much honor your team was showing to your teammates and customers?
Here are a few practical ways to show love at work right now:
- Empathize with staff.
- Be compassionate.
- Give verbal praise to your team or a co-worker.
- Build deeper relationships with those around you.
Brotherly affection should hold a valuable place in today’s workplace culture. For cultures that choose not to value it, they are missing out on a game-changing opportunity.
With Brotherly Love,