Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and it will certainly be a day filled with good tidings, green clothing and beer. Your town may even be blessed with a parade to celebrate the hard-working Irish men and women who were, and continue to be, the fabric of our country.
But what does the “Luck of the Irish” really mean? How can we use this phrase to propel good things in our businesses? Lastly, is there anything to this saying that truly resembles “luck”?
The “Luck of the Irish” was coined in the U.S. during the Gold Rush Days of 1848-52 when many Irishmen migrated from the east to the west looking for gold. Generally, the Irish were treated poorly during this time by other miners, so when the former found gold, the latter attributed their find to dumb luck instead of skill – hence the term we know and use today.
If it is skill, not luck, that propelled the Irishmen to a life of luxury, what can businesses take from this as we all celebrate St. Patrick's Day tomorrow?
We All Have Some Irish Luck
Lucky to Have a Job
If you are old enough to remember various times of high unemployment in this country (2001 and 2009, most recently), you should revel in the fact that you have a good job. In my opinion, too many people are taking their job for granted and/or complaining about it to others.
Now is the time develop your job skills, become a team player and look for advancement opportunities. Many of these opportunities may reside by learning new technological solutions. So, if the opportunity comes along for training on new systems or developing new policies, take it.
Lucky to be Alive and Kicking
If you believe what your read, the average person 40 years ago, lived until they were 64. Now, the average life expediency is around 83. With that in mind, people are retiring later…but is their quality of life better?
Many companies are incorporating wellness initiatives which include healthy foods, time for meditation and practicing mindfulness. My personal favorite is working on the energy level – staying positive and focused in everything I do. Don’t gossip, throw people under the bus or tap into negative thinking. Stay healthy, positive and focused in your position.
Lucky to Fail
Remember, every large company started out as a small, flailing business. Thomas Watson was fired from NCR before starting IBM. Lee Iacocca was fired from Ford before becoming the CEO of Chrysler. In failure, we learn and grow.
It is vital that a company constantly try new things out and take risks which can be minimized through the use of collaborative tools, gathering employee feedback and putting an action plan in place based on that feedback.
Lucky to Pay it Forward
Whether it is making the earth a better place through a green program or doing something good for a non-profit in your community or giving your employees paid time off just for the heck of it, all of these initiatives show you are a company that cares about the something more than your bottom line.
Hartford Technology Rental Team Wishes You a Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Headquartered in Chicago, where the river turns green during this festive time, our team wishes you the best tomorrow and wants to help your workforce be more productive and lucky! With a breadth and depth of technology solutions, Hartford Technology Rental is ready to provide your company with fantastic alternatives. Give us a call today at 888-520-5667!