Rules of Workplace Engagement [DreamJobCoaching]
Fulfillment @ Work
April 20, 2005
IN THIS ISSUE
MESSAGE FROM JOEL
The title of this newsletter tells you how important the
concept of fulfillment in the workplace is to me. As a
coach, I talk with plenty of people who stay in jobs they
dislike or find boring just to keep the paychecks rolling
in. But merely earning a living doesn't make them happy.
They want more. Some of my clients are able to leave a job
that doesn't measure up for work they love, but others feel
stuck...at least for the time being.
Those clients embody the situation that most employers
dread: unhappy and, therefore, unproductive employees. The
good news is that there are steps employers can take to help
their workforce find value beyond the paychecks. This
week's article offers several ways companies can help
employees become more fulfilled at work.
But you don't have to be an employer to benefit from the
information. If your company falls short when it comes to
providing opportunities for fulfillment, consider taking the
first step. Offer management a few constructive suggestions
for retaining good employees and see where it leads.
Even if your company isn't receptive to your ideas, there
are things you can do on your own to make your job more
tolerable...and perhaps more enjoyable. You can use these
ideas as a springboard for creating a more fulfilling work
Dream Job Coaching May be the Answer
The Dream Job Coaching process can help you:
If you've found it difficult, if not impossible, to find the
work you were meant to do, you don't have to continue to go
it alone. The Dream Job Coaching process has helped
hundreds of people in the same situation you're facing.
They've found their dream jobs and you can, too.
- Change your profession and make a transition
- Re-enter the work force
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Rules of Workplace Engagement
by Joel Garfinkle
Recent research from Towers Perrin reveals that U.S. workers
remain focused on their jobs despite the tough economic
climate, job layoffs, and other business challenges. On the
surface, this may seem positive to employers who are
concerned about retaining key talent or reducing the costly
effects of employee turnover. However, the study also
revealed that relatively few of the surveyed employees
exhibited high levels of engagement or personal attachment
to their jobs.
In short, what this study underscores is that there exists
an ever-growing "rational endurance" within the corporate
world in which key employees base their desire to stay at a
non-engaging or non-fulfilling job they know they should
leave solely on the safety, comfort, or security of being
Ultimately, these very contagious feelings of being stuck,
paralyzed, or unable to leave their jobs because of a
limited job market result in a disengaged or disenchanted
workforce focused on doing the absolute minimum in order to
collect a paycheck. That leads to the question more and
more employers are asking (or should be asking): How can
you motivate or re-energize employees so they dont leave
you high and dry the next time the employment market shifts
or there is an up-turn in the economy?
Whether youre a newly established entrepreneur or president
of a Fortunate 500, here are three "creative rules of
engagement" that virtually any employer can apply to make
the workplace an incubator for greater employee fulfillment,
increased satisfaction, and unprecedented productivity:
Keep in mind that absolutely none of these rules for
increased employee engagement revolve around pay raises.
While paying your employees based on performance is a great
motivator, the material representation of money is no
substitute for giving your employees the gift of complete
career fulfillment or a higher sense of purpose in their day
to day activities.
- Create fulfillment by identifying exactly what brings your employees career fulfillment and finding ways to use their diverse skills or interests as opportunities for them to shine. At the same time, encourage them to focus more on whats right with their jobs than whats wrong, and never forget to give constant praise. This may sound extremely simple but with reduced staffs, increased workloads, and compressed time schedules, it is easy to forget compliments. People need to know that their efforts for the company are recognized and appreciated. After all, you cant be proud of yourself until somebodys been proud of you.
- Create choice by offering fringe benefits or Quality Life Programs such as family leave, flexible hours, and telecommuting options...or even concierge services like massage sessions, dry cleaning services, emergency baby-sitters, and take-out meals. If none of these options work for your daily operating procedures or bank account, consider offering skills training or continuous learning as incentives to stay.
- Create involvement by finding ways to improve your employees overall relationship with their jobs and daily responsibilities by including them in decision-making and other company-wide initiatives that allow them to make a difference. Be sure to explain whats required for your employees to move forward in your organization or department based on your plans for the next one to five years. Without a clear-cut understanding of what they have to do to advance or succeed, people quickly become de-motivated. At that point they begin looking for "better" opportunities.
|QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Vision is where tomorrow begins, for it expresses what you and others who share the vision will be working hard to
create. Since most people don't take the time to think
systematically about the future, those who do, and who base
their strategies and actions on their visions, have
inordinate power to shape the future."
-- Burt Nanus
"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You must always work not just within but below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you
can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones
you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and
you create a feeling of strength in reserve."
-- Pablo Picasso
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