Maybe I should have written this on Monday, because I have an irresistable urge to continue..tell me why....I don't like Mondays. It's kind of relevant, because this is all about purpose at work, why do you do what you do? And what has that got to do with the #WeekofHappinessatWork?
From Simon Sinek’s Start with Why, via Daniel Pink’s Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us, to Kevin Murray’s People with purpose, authors and researchers are showing us how purpose makes a difference with our motivation and productivity at work. According to Murray, your job as a leader is to give everyone in your team or organisation a greater sense of purpose. It delivers better performance and faster growth. Employees live longer, have fewer illnesses (less sickness absence) happier lives and feel fulfilled
I wrote that in February last year. The problem often is, what if your manager isn’t delivering on his job of creating a sense of purpose in the team? The solution is to take control yourself. This article in Forbes said
'People often attribute their sense of purpose to three elements: feeling connected to something bigger than themselves, knowing their work matters and, perhaps most importantly, understanding how their work affects other people—not just the organization's bottom line.'
If you’re finding it difficult to be happy at work, maybe reconnecting with why you’re doing the job you’re doing will improve your mood. Think further than ‘because I need the money.’ Take a notebook and make some notes on what it is about your work that is bigger than you. Who does your work matter to? And how does it affect other people? Whether that’s the people in your life, or the people you’re serving with your work.
I'd love to see what you discovered, let me know in the comments below.
For more thoughts on purpose you can also watch my review of How to be Happy at Work by Annie McKee here
Lindsay is the owner of Silvern Training. Before that she had a very varied working life, doing everything from admin, volunteering, sales, teaching, training, fundraising, management and chairing a board of charity trustees. Now wants to change the world of work by improving workplace cultures so that people can look forward to Monday mornings. Also likes to support individuals to speak up, be better listeners and to take action.