By Debra W. Gould, MS
Instead of thinking of a dreary, needed-one-more-day Monday, do you ever welcome a “glorious, productive Monday?” My guess is probably not. We are sharing three reasons (that don’t include money) of why we enjoy our work.
The remarkable time and energy some people put into their work can only be understood as an “inner drive” —they simply want to achieve that goal. Seeking a personal sense of accomplishment is natural and can be harnessed every day by millions of workers and employers. It can be described as “taking pride in one’s work” or a sense that “this is what I was meant to do.” Whether the objectives are short-term or long-term, making progress toward a goal makes all of us feel good.
The Greater Good
Many of us are also motivated by a sense of community. It’s a feeling that we are part of something larger and that life isn’t just about our own individual needs and wants. This particular joy and peace is experienced by millions as they volunteer for church or service club tasks, but it can also be encouraged in the workplace.
Many get enjoyment from the individual relationships they experience at work and it helps them look forward to each day. The laughter, the camaraderie, the forgiveness and even the occasional stress are all something they enjoy and know they wouldn’t want to live without. But not everyone is the same, and certainly we’re not all our best selves every day. Enlightened managers respect this basic human need to connect with others and allow it, if not encourage it, in their workplace.
So, what can be done more generally to help employees enjoy their work? The answer is simple: Treat the cause, not the symptoms. Instead of worrying about symptoms such as aggressive behavior or poor attitude, employees and employers can create a more enjoyable work environment by directly addressing one or more of these common denominators.
Debra W. Gould, MS is the president of Debra Gould & Associates, Inc. based in New Orleans and provides management consulting and training services to commercial and government clients. Debra is one of the founders of The Ebony Speakers and co-author of the book, Real Women, Real Issues - Positive Collaborations For Business Success. Debra can be reached at: (504) 244-6576,
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