'Caring for people' a key in business and religion

Hotel magnate J. Willard Marriott Jr. said caring for people is a key to business success just as it is a cornerstone of religion. Marriott, president of the Washington, D. C. Stake, on Nov. 18 was named "Distinguished Business Professional of 1988" by the BYU Management Society.

The society is a Washington, D. C.-based group of BYU Alumni and friends-- many of whom hold top positions in government and some of the nations largest corporations--whose goal is to develop leadership and professionalism.Kent Lloyd, president of the society, praised Marriott as a "symbol of integrity and enterprise," and said the society could think of no one better to win its first business award, which it plans to give annually.

He noted that the Marriott Corp. has 223,000 employees, has $6.5 billion in sales annually and operates in 24 countries.

Pres. Marriott told the society that the Marriott Corp. has been successful because "we take care of our employees so they will take care of our customers."

He said most people don't work at a job just for money-- although that is important. They want to work where they feel important and feel that they matter. If they do, they are not complacent at their jobs and strive to serve customers more.

He said that really listening to people, a skill that bishops and stake presidents develop, is essential to meet employee needs and help them to feel fulfilled. for rain.

Rain-fed floods killed thousands of people and devastated the country's economy in the worst deluge in the country's history. About half of Bangladesh was submerged during the August and September flooding. Now, thirsty people all over the poverty-stricken country wait sadly for the rains to return. Coastal areas have been hit hardest.

"We are running out of water because there has been little rain," said a farmer in the coastal village of Haludbunia, 250 miles southwest of Dhaka.

Subodh Bhandari said water available from surface sources was full of salt. Wells cannot operate because of heavy sandpiles under the earth, leaving rain as the main source of supply. Villagers usually collect rainwater for drinking and preserve it for months in huge mud containers under the earth.

The floods destroyed most of the containers.

"Our woes have increased as only little rain fell since the floods receded. No rain means no water to drink," Bhandari said.

Road links to most coastal villages are so bad that carrying water from nearby towns is impossible. People often supply relatives with water in small plastic cans. "But is it possible to bottle-feed thousands of people who need millions of gallons of water every day," asked another Haludbunia villager.

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