Helping your people find purpose in their work

Finding ‘purpose’ is one of the most important personal motivators for human beings. Daniel Pink in his recent studies on motivation, explores the importance of purpose – of helping people find meaning in the work they do; helping them to connect their contribution to the ‘bigger picture’.

We recently came across an article in MindTools on a similar theme by a different author and thought you might find it helpful to share the link.

Key Points

Most people want to know that their work has meaning – that it helps someone else or makes the world a better place. When people understand the deeper purpose behind their work, they are likely to be more satisfied and more productive.

Take the following steps to help your people find purpose in their work:

  • Write a meaningful mission statement.
  • Link personal drivers with team or organizational goals.
  • Uncover strengths.
  • Build a positive work environment.
  • Use feedback to boost positivity.

As a leader, it’s important that you provide regular feedback, both from your own viewpoint and from that of customers or clients. This will help your people see that their work really does make a difference.

Link to MindTools article

Want to know more?

If you wish to explore ‘Motivation’ further, members can visit this page to get access to a set of ‘Motivation cards’ to help you have a conversation with your team about this important issue.

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