Even the Pope Supports Effective Work

Pope Francis thumbs upOn the heels of the much-touted Pope Francis visit, it got me thinking about what he must think about the American work ethic and workplace.

Pope Francis has supported a host of big issues since he took office, bolstering the Vatican’s focus on the environment and poverty. But, what’s his take on dysfunctional workplaces, ones where employees and organizations don’t thrive?

He actually does have an opinion on this, well, not specifically about the U.S. workplace, but about “excessive industriousness” in his workplace, as it was referred to in his letter to the Vatican leadership late last year.

“Rest, once one who has brought his or her mission to a close, is a necessary duty and must be taken seriously: in spending a little time with relatives and respecting the holidays as a time for spiritual and physical replenishment.”

There are many U.S. workforces that have figured this out and focus on making their workplace more effective and flexible, giving employees and managers time to replenish, so they’re more productive and happy.

We’ve been spotlighting hundreds of these employers through the When Work Works Award, a partnership between Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). And, this week, the application process for the Award officially opens.

The Award is a great way to get the word out about all the great things you do in your workplace given the national attention the When Work Works competition gets, helping boost hiring and retention if you win. And even if you don’t win, it’s a great way to find out what needs to be done to help your organization become more effective and flexible because you get a free benchmarking report on how you stack up to other employers across the country.

The When Work Works initiative is all about reinventing work, helping to make the nation’s offices, factories, retail floors, hospital rooms, and beyond, better and more productive places for employees and employers.

You don’t need divine intervention to go from dysfunctional to functional. But, Pope tweets are always helpful:

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