Dolan claims that a lack of purpose has a significant negative effect on an individual (and wider team), impacting on their motivation, engagement, and overall productivity. As across all areas of our lives, we need to feel personally connected to what we’re doing, to find real meaning in it, and satisfaction from doing it – otherwise, we run the risk of becoming demoralised, low performing, and ultimately unhappy.
Experiencing feelings such as these not only has an impact on how we operate and function day-to-day, but it can also affect our overall physical and mental health – linking into evidence which suggests that those who have a genuine sense of purpose and direction actually live longer than those who don’t.
So, what can we do to ensure that our teams are happy, and healthy, whilst at work? Firstly, it’s important that each individual is in a role which they personally find meaningful, where they have clear goals and objectives, and where they can see how their role fits into the wider organisation. It is also hugely beneficial for employees to be recognised for their efforts in working towards their specific goals and for them to be praised and rewarded.
If you have any ways (the quirkier the better!) that you’d like to share that demonstrates how you show your appreciation to your teams, then do get in touch as we’d love to hear them!