Friday, June 13, 2008

Juggling in 3D 384 Meaning

Claire writes: 'The Work Foundation's report 'Inwardness: The Rise of Meaningful Work' connects with a recent survey which suggested that 70% of employees want fulfillment at work. The challenge is that employers can't impose meaning and purpose on their employees. Workers will find it on their own, or not. We call it vocation, whether or not someone has a faith.

Aristotle said: 'Where your talents and the needs of the world collide, there lies your vocation.' I would expand that by saying that talents are what we are both good at and passionate about.
I spoke to a man last week who was uncertain about future directions. Mid conversation we stopped and I asked: "What will be different if you REALLY know that this workplace is where you are meant to be." 'Everything', he answered. Everything has changed in him. Nothing has changed at work.

Meaning and purpose certainly don't have to come from faith, but continuing lastw eek's theme, one of the benefits of valuing faith in the workplace is that people who do have faith will have a priority to serve their employer and to serve God. Hopefully that brings a foundation of purpose. I recently heard a nurse talk about difficulties in a hospital where many staff are disillusioned and wanting to leave. 'I believe God wants me to do this job. I'm not leaving' she said. Employers can't impose meaning and purpose. This nurse has found it for herself.

Do you feel fulfilled at work? And do you create an environment which allows others to find meaning and purpose in what they do?'

PS This connects interestingly with some research on the world in 2018 conducted by the Chartered Institute of Managers.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

People often look for meaning in their work, but it's really up to us to bring meaning to work. Purpose and meaning don't happen by themselves -- people have to bring it to whatever job they are doing. Finding meaning at work isn't so much about what's going on at the office as it is about what's going on in your heart.