For good employee relations, ask 'What would Ted Lasso do?'.

AuthorHyman, Jon
PositionWHAT I WOULDN'T DO: Legal Updates from HR's Trenches

First, there was my Golden Rule of Employee Relations: Treat your employees as you would want to be treated (or as you would want your wife, kids, parents, etc., to be treated).

Next there was my Platinum Rule of Employee Relations: Treat your employees as they would want to be treated.

Today, I'm going to sum all of this up in one tidy fourword question: What Would Ted Do?

The "Ted" in question is Ted Lasso, the titular coach in the hit AppleTV+ show. For the uninitiated, Ted Lasso is the story of an American college football coach hired to manage an English Premier League football club, despite not knowing the first thing about soccer.

Without rival, Ted Lasso is my favorite television show ever. Funny, beautifully sweet, often tearinducing, relentlessly positive and unwaveringly optimistic. Ted Lasso is everything we need right now to help right the askew ships of our collective psyche.

The following Ted-isms sum up the philosophy of Ted Lasso:

* "You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It's a goldfish. You know why? Got a 10-second memory. Be a goldfish, Sam."

* "Be curious, not judgmental."

* "For me, success is not about wins and losses. It's about helping the young fellas be the best versions of themselves on and off the field."

* "I want you to know, I value each of your opinions, even when you're wrong."

* "I believe in hope. I believe in 'Believe.'"

* "Hey, doing the right thing is never the wrong thing."

The Tao of Ted

How does the Tao of Ted translate to your workplace? Or better yet, what does your workplace look like when you ask "What would Ted do?"

* You communicate with your employees before...

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