2. Employee Enthusiasm and Business Success
“...there is one key to profitability and stability during either a boom or bust economy: employee morale.”
—Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines Founder
“Only people who want to, work this hard.”
—Jim Mittelhouser, Netscape Founding Engineer, commenting on the 70-hour workweek norm at Netscape
Having explored the question of what workers want in the previous chapter, we now address the obvious business question: so what? Simply put, what does employee enthusiasm have to do with business success? Because, from the organizations’ perspective, unless there is a connection between what workers want and the business results that organizations need, there is little reason to pursue the subject.