Employee Engagement & Meaningful Work

Without a compelling cause, our employees are just putting in time. Their minds might be engaged, but their hearts are not. Meaning  precedes motivation.  – Lee J. Colan

Special thanks to my colleague Jane Vanderhorst for sharing this quote. Here’s why it resonated with me.

In my experience, employees who are passionate about their organization’s mission are most likely also passionate about their work – especially those who work in nonprofits and faith-based companies. I’ve seen similarly strong levels of commitment by employees in for-profit firms where their values and the company’s brand values are aligned.

Note: These situations pre-suppose effective communication and reinforcement of an organization’s mission, vision, and values.

It’s something to think about in this new year: what “meaning” do employees find in your organization (beyond a paycheck)?

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