Lorne Rubis, Chief People Officer at ATB Financial Inc., provided details about how organizations can invest in their work teams and help employees become leaders during his presentation at the 2013 Human Capital Leadership Forum in New York on Oct. 2. In his presentation, "Lead Yourself First," Rubis acknowledged that organizations who invest in their workers could enjoy significant rewards.
By investing in their employees, Rubis said, organizations can find and retain top talent. In addition, Rubis noted that organizations can become stronger if they understand how to get the most out of each individual: "There’s really some value in thinking about investing in people, perhaps to lead themselves and that they become the answer of many of the ways that they can progress and contribute to the organization. The individual and collective strength of the organization is what really will bring the organization to higher performance overall."
According to Rubis, many organizations struggle because they do not understand the importance of listening to their employees. However, Rubis stated that organizations can take a simple approach to transform their operations and ensure that workers' feedback will be heard. Devoting the necessary time and resources to their work teams, Rubis added, allows organizations to become more productive and efficient: "I think about how do we build diversity or inclusion strategies and take them to a whole other level in the organization when we’re really missing these angles of respect and building on the angle, being able to look again and coming from a perspective of compassion and deep understanding. I think organizations are still deeply on transmit collectively and individually a lot, that our skill level around really being able to listen to each other needs tremendous sharpening."