Developing a Strategy for a Life of Meaningful Labor
September 22 | Brian Fetherstonhaugh | Comments (0)
On Labor Day, Americans celebrate the value of work, community, and the activists who earned the rights and protections that U.S. employees enjoy today. But as Americans — and people everywhere — look ahead to a world of constant disruption, they will undoubtedly see both opportunity and uncertainty. All of us need a new way of thinking about work and taking personal responsibility for our careers, which last 45 years and beyond.
How to Help Someone Discover Work That Excites Them
September 15 | Amy Jen Su , Co-founder, Isis Associates | Comments (0)
Much has been written on a leader’s role in motivating, engaging, and bringing out the best in others. Yet research suggests there is still much more that could be done. Frequently cited is the 2014 Deloitte study that found that “up to 87% of America’s workforce is not able to contribute to their full potential because they don’t have passion for their work.” This passion gap is important because “passionate workers are committed to continually achieving higher levels of performance.”
How to Rediscover Your Inspiration at Work
September 09 | Kristi Hedges | Comments (0)
When we’re inspired, our work hums. We have a sense of purpose, buoyed by the feeling that our talents are being put to good use. We’re doing what we should be doing. And then, just like that, inspiration evaporates. Perhaps a negative comment from your boss deflated you or you’re not excited about a particular assignment. Inspiration can be frustratingly fleeting and difficult to recover when lost.
To Motivate Employees, Show Them How They’re Helping Customers
August 31 | Francesca Gino, Associate Professor, Business Administration, Harvard Business School | Comments (0)
Think back to your first day on the job. If you’re like most people, you felt excited and were eager to get down to work. But, based on the results of field research I recently conducted, I am willing to guess that just a few months later that excitement dissipated and you began to feel dissatisfaction, even boredom, with some aspects of your job. You’ve probably witnessed a similar trend among the employees you’ve hired and managed as well.
5 Questions to Help Your Employees Find Their Inner Purpose
August 31 | Kristi Hedges | Comments (0)
How can leaders help employees find meaning at work? Organizations spend considerable resources on corporate values and mission statements, but even the most inspiring of these — from Volvo’s commitment to safety to Facebook’s desire to connect people — tend to fade into the background during the daily bustle of the work day.
How Senior Executives Stay Passionate About Their Work
August 31 | Jacob Morgan | Comments (0)
When we talk about “learning to love your job” or “managing yourself,” it’s often in the context of junior or midlevel roles. But these things don’t stop mattering for senior executives. What aspects of their jobs are most important to them? What do they find rewarding? How do they sustain their passion for the work they do — without burning out?
How to Find Meaning in a Job That Isn’t Your “True Calling”
August 08 | Emily Esfahani Smith | Comments (0)
Why do so few people find fulfillment in their work? A few years ago I posed this question to Amy Wrzesniewski, a Yale School of Management professor who studies these issues, and she offered an explanation that made a lot of sense. Students, she told me, “think their calling is under a rock, and if they turn over enough rocks, they will find it.”
Every Generation Wants Meaningful Work — but Thinks Other Age Groups Are in It for the Money
August 01 | Kelly Pledger Weeks | Comments (0)
As a college professor, I teach Millennials. These complaints didn’t seem to describe the students I knew. They were hardworking, with internships and jobs outside of school they seemed to value. In fact, when I asked them about what they found meaningful in work, Millennials had plenty of answers that weren’t just about money and leisure time.
What to Do When Your Heart Isn’t in Your Work Anymore
July 18 | Andy Molinsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Brandeis International Business School | Comments (0)
In an ideal world, our work lives would be completely fulfilling, full of meaning, and intrinsically motivating. But what if they’re not? What if you’re stuck in a job or a career that you once loved, but your heart isn’t in it anymore?
What Do Millennials Really Want at Work? The Same Things the Rest of Us Do
June 26 | Bruce N. Pfau, Ph.D., Chair of Human Resources and Communications, KPMG | Comments (0)
While pithy descriptions of what makes Millennials unique are presented as self-evident and seem to have a ring of truth to them, very few are supported with solid empirical research. On the contrary, a growing body of evidence suggests that employees of all ages are much more alike than different in their attitudes and values at work. To the extent that any gaps do exist, they amount to small differences that have always existed between younger and older workers throughout history.