Recognize This! – We cannot separate ourselves from our work, so we must find ways to integrate them in healthy ways.
Our lives at work and outside of work are not easily separated. I don’t know very many people who can truly “leave work at work.” To some extent, what happens at work affects our home lives as well. Recent CIPD research showed the link between employee engagement at work and overall well-being.
Engagement, trust and knowing your opinions matter – these are fundamental to believing that what you do at work every day has greater meaning and purpose.
US-based research from DecisionWise showed just how low employee trust in senior leadership has fallen. Based on analysis of more than 9.2 million employee engagement survey responses across industries, job levels and more, the research revealed:
At the core of this is knowing my work is meaningful. If I don’t trust my senior leader, then I likely don’t’ trust the validity and importance of what I do every day. Dow Scott, co-author of a recent study on retention of key talent, had this to say on the importance of meaningful work:
One of the most positive and effective ways to communicate to employees that their efforts and have value is through strategic, social recognition. Simply telling employees, very specifically, how their efforts made a difference in achieving corporate goals is a powerful communication mechanism. More important is to link that effort to the greater company mission as well as core values so employees know their efforts are not only necessary to achieve results but also that they way in which those results are achieved is equally important. Doing so helps to build trust in both leaders and the organization.
How do you (or your organization) help employees see the meaningfulness of their work and build trust in leadership?