The Price of Just Being in it For The Money!
Only 21% of employees are driven by their career!!
A recent finding, reported in HR Magazine this week, of a survey of 2000 employees.
What is this all about? In the same report only 11% of respondents over 40 said they were passionate about their job and 72% of us only go to work to pay the bills.
Are we all just mindlessly going through our working days and life – and therefore missing out on really living and enjoying it?
How many times at work do you find the day went quickly in a blur and at the end of it, wondering what you have actually accomplished? Busy doing lots of things, but not feeling like you’ve actually achieved what you needed to?
An article earlier this year in the Harvard Business Review shared that ‘…. mindlessly performing tasks ….is a recipe for inefficiency, disengagement, and even poor health.’ The article goes on to talk about how finding ‘a clear sense of purpose’ in day to day tasks can have massive benefits to efficiency, productivity and even health. In a study of Japanese workers at a large IT company ”….a higher sense of purpose as well as a sense of interdependence with co-workers was correlated with lower inflammation as well as a higher viral resistance in the bodies of the workers.’’
Research has also shown a connection between a sense of purpose in our personal lives, and good health such as reduced risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, and even increased longevity.
What stops us being our most productive,
Letting ourselves be distracted, allowing ourselves to be dragged into meetings we may not need to be at, being on autopilot, spending too much time bouncing emails – bouncing the work around without it actually moving forward, robotically ticking off tasks and not being truly engaged.
Having a purpose stops us being as distracted- but it does more than that, it galvanises our energy, it unlocks our courageousness.
Questions for you;
Do you know what your purpose is in your working life?
How would you score yourself, out of 10, against it at this moment in time?
Hints & Tips on Finding Your Working Purpose
- Create your purpose, what fuels you, is it changing the world or enjoying something?
- Identify and list your mission purpose, e.g. being a force for good, changing the world, tangible success, money, helping others, beating the competition?
- Identify your mainstream purpose e.g. financial security, enjoyment through activity, learning, feeling useful.
- Choose your main primary purposes and begin to integrate them into your daily consciousness. Use them when you are creating your daily goals and reflecting on what a difference you have made.
- Ask yourself, what is meaningful in what you do? Focus on this more.
- Identify what difference you really want to make in your role, in the company. Make this happen. Regularly review how you’re doing to get that positive feedback loop.
- Create a purpose of being. How do I want to be as a co-worker, team member, leader?
- Are you making enough effort to make a difference?
- Choose to make the most of everyday, wherever you are, not just for yourself but for others too.
- Choose not to coast.
Unlock your courageousness instead.