This Friendly CEO Writes Positive Cards And Birthday Cards For All His Employees

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This Friendly CEO Writes Positive Cards And Birthday Cards For All His Employees

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This Friendly CEO Writes Positive Cards And Birthday Cards For All His Employees

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If you are an office professional, then whenever you hear the term CEO, your blood probably starts to boil. It has almost become a natural reaction of most employees. Everyone tends to eye that person sitting in their air-conditioned room, signing off papers and supervising everyone. No one likes a boss who acts like a know-it-all, dictates everyone and then slides back to their AC office after piling up impossible amounts of work on the poor employee. A CEO is considered a devil, Hitler and everything in-between. It’s a sad state of affair that most employees do not like their CEOs and have to keep their mouths shut just because they are working under him. If only there was a friendly CEO. 

Such things can easily change if the CEO happens to be a bit friendly. And that’s the route that Yellen, a CEO of Belfor Holdings, Inc, took. It is a billion-dollar property restoration and disaster relief firm. However, there is an unusual thing that this CEO does. Probably because he values his employees, or perhaps because he wants to be a friendly CEO, Yellen has chosen to greet everyone with birthday cards. This strange way of greeting people with birthday cards has completely transformed the world of Yellen. He has been doing this act for a long time – since 1985. He was not a CEO back then. Yellen climbed up the ladder and is now in an envious position of the billion-dollar company. However, the thing that he started – it has not really stopped even though he has gained such a superior position in the company.

The friendly CEO, Yellen, now writes about 7,400 cards every year.

Whenever there is a new acquisition, Yellen has only one thing in mind – how many more people have been added to the team. In his mind, he is always calculating that, unlike most CEOs, who would probably be worried about the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization or EBITDA. 

The practice started about 32 years ago. Back then, there was a reason why such a practice had to start. Yellen’s brother-in-law was the one who brought Yellen into the company. Well, while getting the job was easy, the people around Yellen were not really happy with the new guy. They were glaring at him as if they were questioning his merit or privilege. Well, that’s when Yellen began this wonderful act of distributing cards among employees. It was a way in which he wanted to get friends and to earn respect. Well, it did work in the long run. He found many of his colleagues coming up to his desk and thanking him for the birthday card. The communication between people improved and he was getting the respect he wanted.

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Source: Belfor Holdings, Inc.

Skip to now, Yellen, on a plane, brings with him stacks of cards. However, he is not worried. He has seen that his simple act has resulted in many people becoming more compassionate overall. Writing a card to every person has resulted in a culture of compassion in the company – a hard thing to find in companies these days. And it does not even cost a lot. The friendly CEO says that he wants to give it a bit of personal touch, a thank you note and ensures that the employee gets the message that they are a valuable part of the company. He puts in the right kind of effort so that the cards mean something and do not turn out to be haphazard.

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Yellen does not only focus on the design of the cards. He also adds a personal touch by recalling a memory or conversation and then, crafting a wonderful message out of it. His work has helped compassion flow through the hearts of the employees working in the office. People wish to reciprocate what they are getting. As his work has got publicity, many managers have also started to use this technique to create a compassion culture in their office.

There are many CEOs who believe it to be a time-waste. Yellen feels that such CEOs forget the human element present in employees. Profit will not be long-lasting if you exploit and take away the core assets of the company – the employees. They will help your company grow after all.

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