The world of business is tough, cut-throat and competitive, regardless of what the industry may be. There are many depictions in film and television of individuals who claw their way up toward success only to find that it isn't exactly what was expected. And while these dramas make for good entertainment, the corporate world is not without its wonderfully generous CEOs, incredibly helpful managers and team members who make it a joy to show up at the office. That isn't to say, of course, that working in the corporate world won't be difficult at times, but a business will only do well and be truly successful if the human element pervades the work environment.

Business with the personal touch
Enterprises begin with passion and businesses should endeavor to keep that spark aglow for as long as possible. Employees and customers alike respond well to a company that values the original mission it set out to accomplish. And whether the enterprise is in food services, the automotive industry or other something else entirely, these core ideals should not be lost just to make more money.

"Enterprises begin with passion."

According to the Harvard Business Review, employees are more motivated to do better work for their companies when they get a personal message from their employer. The study conducted at Sam Houston State University found that participants were much more likely to complete a task in a timely manner if there was a handwritten note affixed to the papers. Now, a CEO may not have the time or the wherewithal to write notes for every employee in an enterprise, but the idea of a personal touch is something that can be valued by managers and supervisors.

It's likely that people respond well to this sort of treatment because in a vast company with thousands of employees, it can be difficult to see how the small cog on the tenth floor fits into the rest of the machine. A handwritten note or another personal touch reminds these team members that they are valued people, without whom the business would not run.

From the bottom, up
It should not only be a select few managers and close associates who feel the love from above, but all those who are shining examples of how the company should be. According to GovCentral, managers and leaders who value building relationships in the office not only show other employees that they are indeed thoughtful beings, but that business does not have to be strictly business all the time. 

If leaders or managers want to focus on honing the skills that help build relationships in the workplace, they should seek out a training seminar that focuses on communication skills and improving business relationships. Not only will these programs help with doing business, but they are also applicable in other areas of life as well. Bringing a personal touch into the corporate world will only make things more enjoyable for all members of the team.