Many people would say purpose is the reason for which something exists or for which it has been done or made; while others would say it is the goal or intended outcome of something. Whichever one you chose, how would you apply it to your life? Do you have a purpose at work? Other than your job title, what is your purpose to the organization? Organizations and the people in them change. Has your purpose changed over time?
We know that more and more employees are looking to find work that is meaningful and interesting. Their motivation is based on key components of the organization. See if your organization is helping you towards achieving your purpose by having these important factors:
Leadership: If the leadership is right, the organizational performance will follow and thus individual purposes can be achieved.
Climate: If the employees are treated well, it pays off as positive organizational climate can increase.
Strategy: If the employees are engaged in the overall organizational strategies, it can lead to operational breakthroughs and thus employee satisfaction and a sense of purpose.
Growth Opportunities: If the organization encourages growth and provides a learning commitment to build the skills along the way, then the employee’s purpose can be fulfilled.
People Management: If the organization focuses on better people management, then employees become engaged in growth opportunities and meaningful and purposeful work supported by a cohesive and focused management practice.
Finally, besides pay, most employees will cite that what makes them happiest is that they have a meaningful level of contribution to their organization, that they can take an active role in shaping the bottom line. Others find it when their work helps them to develop skills they would not have developed anywhere else, opening new aptitudes of capability, learning and interaction with others. Others find purpose when it strikes them that they are fulfilling their unique interests in the world and growing.
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