Work brings purpose and meaning to people’s lives. A huge body of evidence, as well as our own experience, suggests that people find pleasure and fulfilment in being of service to others. Especially in secular and socially fragmented Western Europe, good work can fill the holes left by religion and community.
If this is not the case in your organisation, if people dread Mondays and thank God it’s Friday, you both have a problem and are in a significant majority. Just think of the possibilities that open up to those organisations in an even more significant minority.
We were not the first people to recognise that most people feel significantly more motivated when their managers just stop demotivating them. Likewise, people across the board typically feel enthusiastic, energetic and committed to those ‘extra miles’ when their managers stop disengaging them.
We ask our clients to bring their most disengaged colleagues to mind and imagine what their reaction would have been when they got their job offer. It’s fair to suggest that most were thrilled and went out to celebrate. What’s happened since?
Our approach to helping clients to build better organisations starts with these ideas in the backs of our minds.
“Work is about a daily search for meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short for a sort of life rather than a Monday to Friday sort of dying.”
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.”
Because the work/life balance is bullshit
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