Hey there, leaders! I know that finding meaning in our work can sometimes feel like an elusive pursuit, especially in an age where work-life balance is often tipped in favour of the former.
As leaders, it is up to us to create opportunities for our team members to find that meaning in their jobs.
Before we dive into the how of it all, let's talk about the why. Employees who find meaning in their work are more engaged, more productive, and more dedicated to their organization. They are also more likely to stick around for the long haul and are less likely to suffer from burnout.
So, what can we do as leaders to help our team members find that elusive meaningfulness in their jobs?
- It all starts with creating a positive inner work life. This means fostering a work environment that is conducive to creativity and innovation and one that places a high value on employee wellbeing.
- To create a positive inner work life, we need to use a combination of catalysts and nourishers. Catalysts involve removing any obstacles that might be impeding creativity and innovation and providing the resources our team members need to thrive.
- We need to set clear and meaningful goals and give our team members the autonomy they need to pursue those goals in their own way.
- Nourishers, on the other hand, involve providing encouragement, support, and nurturing work relationships through open communication and fostering a friendly and safe environment. We need to appreciate our team members and communicate that appreciation regularly.
But, perhaps the most important thing we can do as leaders is to lead by example. If we want our team members to find meaning in their work, we need to find meaning in our own work. We need to demonstrate our passion for what we do, our dedication to our organization's mission, and our commitment to our team's success.
Finding meaning in one's work is an essential component of employee wellbeing and a critical factor in overall organizational success. Let's commit to making that happen! I know I have to improve on many of the points I mentioned in this post. Do you?