Jean Gillson

Master Certified Prof. Coach

Equitable living wage employment is critical in order to help break the cycles of poverty. From a practical standpoint, more economic opportunity results in increased consumer spending & improved overall economics. Personally, however, I strongly believe in a #peoplefirst culture in business because businesses are only made possible by people and every single human being truly matters.

Putting people first is a way leadership shows it cares about the well-being of its employees & wants them to succeed. As business owners & leaders, great care is taken to maintain the machines used to keep the business running. Whether it be computers or equipment, preventive maintenance is often performed to ensure the business continues to run smoothly and without interruption.

When machines are down, immediate attention and action is taken to restore the machine to its full capacity or health in order to maximize production capacity. Machines need oil to run efficiently and effectively. People are the oil who are relied upon to: Make the business machine run smoothly Ensure all parts of the business machine are operating efficiently Stop friction damage between moving parts of the business machine Increases the efficiency of the business machine To remain relevant, upgrades to machines are often made to maintain relevance in the industry and evolve the business machine itself.

Oftentimes, there is little or no maintenance plan implemented to oil the machine; the People who are depended upon to oil the business machine. When machines are broken, we fix them. Many people are broken currently by the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, along with varying external and internal factors, including unfair wages and lack of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in businesses. Ultimately, in order for the business machine to be properly oiled, its people must be cared for properly through a living wage, DEI programs and mental health initiatives.

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