levels of love

Bernard de Clairvaux, the twelfth-century French monk, described “four levels of love.”

The first level is loving yourself for your own benefit.

The second is loving others for your benefit.

The third level is loving someone else for their benefit.

The fourth is loving yourself for the benefit of others.

From an HR point of view, the fourth level is where you want to be with your company. Suppose a company makes a deliberate choice to actively contribute to the well-being of its employees. When that company provides them with perspective, recognizes their value, and aligns its jobs with their expectations (or vice versa), that’s when individual employees thrive.

If I shine, you shine. When individual employees are at their best, their positive vibe(s) rubs off throughout the company, boosting engagement and productivity.

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