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Finding Meaning and Fulfillment at Work (Part IV)

Take the Time to Reflect


4-Part Mini-Series: Work Fulfillment

As we close out the year, it’s a good time for us to reflect on the things that bring us meaning and fulfillment, personally and professionally.

How can we gain even more?

As I wrote in a recent 3-part article series, Finding Meaning and Fulfillment at Work, it’s a “win-win” for organizations and managers that build and implement processes and systems that enable employees to use their strengths, learn and grow, feel valued and make an impact. Cascading goal setting, performance reviews, and professional development are some of the approaches that contribute to an organizational culture that nurtures individual fulfillment.

As leaders, we are role models for our employees. Engaging in these practices will encourage our employees to do the same. Organizations and managers will benefit from increased productivity, customer satisfaction, engagement and retention.

Do you know why your employees do the work they do?

Do you know what drives you to “get out of bed each morning” and go to work?

Is your work challenging enough? Are you utilizing your strengths and continuing to learn and grow?

Forbes offers managers 15 questions to ask employees to gain greater insight. A manager’s weekly one-on-one meeting provides an intact opportunity to have a meaningful conversation without adding to anyone’s “To Do” list. The conversation doesn’t have to be long; a little will go a long way. Alternatively, take your employees out for coffee or lunch. This may offer a more relaxed environment to talk openly. The rewards will be well worth the time and effort.

While organizations and managers can build a culture and provide tools, it is up to each of us to find meaning and fulfillment at work for ourselves. Finding a mentor and reviewing weekly accomplishments are just two relatively simple approaches to finding and increasing your fulfillment.

So, take action!

Download the Fulfillment Tips and Tool for valuable suggestions as to how you, your organization and your managers can find greater meaning and fulfillment at work. A worksheet is provided to help you get started.

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.”

Winston S. Churchill

To learn more about the roles that organizations, managers and you play in finding meaning and fulfillment, check out my blog.


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