Day 7 of 12 days of Christmas - swans-a-swimming: Why employers should start believing in fairy tales


Once upon a time, there was a wicked old employer who thought they were far too grown up to learn something from a bunch of children's fairy tales. Then one day, the wicked employer enquired of their web browser 'how to to be the fairest employer of them all?.' The browser thusly replied 'Did you mean, how to be the fairest employer of them all?'


After much browsing, the employer stumbled across an enchanted article that showed them how fairy tales weren't just for kids and that they could teach grown ups a thing or two about their staff and how to make the most of their business....


Ugly Duckling


There once was an ugly duckling, with feathers all stubby and brown, and the other birds said in so many words."erm, has anyone ever heard of these guys?" Though the ugly duckling went on to make millions by selling his story to the tabloids, young businesses can learn a thing or two from this fledgling that earned the respect of it's counterparts. While your small business might not be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the industry big boys just yet, time and hard work will ultimately see you soar to their level.


Snow White


I'm sure you've hired a few Grumpys, Sleepys and Dopeys in your time *slight pause while you subtly glance around the office* but if Snow White and the Seven Dwarves taught us anything (as well as don't accept fruit from strangers) it's that an effective team of workers is made up of many different personalities. Of course you'd love to only employ the Happys and Docs of this world, but it's a diverse workplace that will ultimately bring the perfect balance of morale and productivity. "Heigh Ho!"


The Three Little Pigs


First things first, if you're building your offices out of straw and twigs you seriously need to hand the keys over to a responsible adult IMMEDIATELY. For any company to succeed, it needs to be built on solid foundations and preferably away from big bad competitors with a huge lung capacity. A startup needs to have a strong business strategy, the right timing and an effective recruitment plan or your can be rest assured that they'll soon be losing the hairs on their chinny chin chin.


The Elves and the Shoemaker


Okay, so while you may bemoan the idea of strange little men breaking into your premises out of hours, it's amazing what can be achieved when you're not micromanaging everything. Sometimes you can feel that you're carrying the whole company on your shoulders, but it's important to take a step back and have faith in your recruitment instincts. The people in the business were hired for a reason and you need to trust that you made the right hires and let them do their jobs (even if their shoe making skills leave a lot to be desired).


The Frog Prince


A lesson in not judging a book by it's cover or a great advert for dating amphibians? Either way, the Frog Prince definitely teaches us that even the most unattractive candidates can become valuable business assets. Just because a potential employee or someone already in the organisation isn't very good a presenting their marketable skills, it doesn't mean they don't have any. So stop kissing frogs (seriously, stop kissing frogs) and recognise the hidden qualities of your team.


After reading the enchanted article, the heart of the wicked employer was filled with joy and this magical epiphany allowed his staff to flourish. The wicked employer changed his first name to wonderful, the business become a roaring success and everyone lived happily ever after. The End.


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