Creating Meaning in the Workplace

Why you Should Create Meaning in the Workplace, and How to do It

The key to unlocking the true potential of your workforce lies with employee engagement.

An effective leader can motivate employees to perform to desired standards and expectations, something that can drive productivity and profitability upwards whilst improving employee retention. Leaders need to create meaning in the workplace in order to render employees willing to “follow”. Assigning meaning to anything from small tasks to quarterly targets to yearly goals can elicit a response from an employees, which when positive, can increase the productivity and the standard to which work is done.

What is employee engagement?

Employee engagement occurs when an employee has a positive relationship with his or her employer, and overall organisation.

When an employee is engaged, they feel part of the organisation, and proud to be so. They are enthusiastic about the work, happy to contribute ideas, keen to take on additional tasks, capable of working in a team, and all while keeping the company’s mission and values in mind. Commitment to an organisation, job satisfaction and empowerment are all positive signs of employee engagement. Creating meaning is vital for fostering employee engagement, and in turn employee engagement is crucial to the success of your organisation. The more engaged an employee, the higher the likelihood s/he will exhibit motivation and self-direction, pride in his/her work, loyalty to the company, and a willingness to succeed.

When employees feel they are doing something meaningful, it increases employee engagement. Having morning huddles, weekly meetings and quarterly celebrations to mark milestones and successes will help keep employees focused, and these interactions provide you with an opportunity to re-emphasize the meaning of what the organisation is trying to achieve.

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.

Earl Nightingale

This post is an excerpt from ‘Becoming an Effective Leader – 12 Proven Strategies for Getting Exceptional Results From People’ one of over 80 Management Guide titles from Benson & Company.

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