Regardless of your company’s culture, industry, or unique qualities, when it comes to employee engagement, you need to make work meaningful for your staff.
Research has shown that when we discover the meaning in our work it increases motivation, engagement, confidence, career development, job satisfaction, performance and personal fulfillment.
Your workers need their jobs to be satisfying, pull from their own skills, all while being able to grow and achieve their goals.
As leaders, by giving your workers more freedom to make choices while providing them opportunities for a range of challenges and giving them productive feedback, can make a job very meaningful.
But how do we create meaning at work for our staff?
- Understanding their purpose: Encourage employees to identify why they do what they do. Let them know how they fit with the whole team, and what they do to help the whole company.
- Identify and resourcefully use their strengths, traits, and values: Help your staff to utilize their assets and ideals that are important to them in their work. Support a plan to use these strengths as part of their typical day.
- Construct a learning environment that strengthens personal growth: Work with your staff to create individualized plans that supplement their strengths.
- Promote relationships: Encouraging employees to form friendships and hone their relationship-building skills helps to build and maintain skillful and effective work teams.
- Be deliberate about building self-esteem: Your employees will feel valued and gain confidence by showing them what they mean to the company.
- Promote a positive work environment: Encourage positive work environments through attention to personal characteristics such as sincerity, generosity, stability, and openness.
- Involve your employees in decisions: This will help your employees to feel like they contribute, they will gain trust and responsibility and that will boost meaning.
- Help others see where they fit in the purpose: Employees need an objective to define what matters to the company, and how they can help to accomplish this.
- Encourage personalization: Give employee’s time to chat, create friendly competitions, or take and hang pictures. These little things, help add to the workplace and contribute to giving meaning to their work.
- Destructive free zone: Clear the office of any behaviors such as fear, uncertainty, and lack of integrity. These can all work to destroy a meaningful work environment.
When people experience work as meaningful, they are more engaged, driven, and creative which translates to being more productive. They will work harder, be more creative and are three times more likely to stay with your organization.
Meaning continues throughout the overall daily experience that each employee has and you will see higher values not only in employee engagement, but customer commitment as well, and that impacts your company’s bottom line.
Do your employees experience meaning in their jobs?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People",
which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy