Why Do We Work? It’s Not What You Think
Work is a part of being human. It’s easy to think that we work simply to earn a living. But work is much more. Work is one of the ways we make a difference and help make someone else’s life a little better.
Work provides us with the important opportunity to use our gifts. It’s a place we can shine and be respected and accomplish something that matters. That sense of accomplishment puts joy in our hearts and a kick in our step.
We work because that is what humans have always done. Stories of children from wealthy families who never have to work struggle to find meaning in life and often instead find it in drugs, alcohol, sex, and selfishness.
All of us, especially leaders, easily forget the meaning that work has to others. It’s much easier to understand the meaning it has to us personally. We rather easily know if we find our work satisfying and if it holds meaning.
Sadly, in most workplaces, people are not afforded the latitude and respect humans need and deserve. Too often people are simply seen as tools to get something done. Too often we use old ways of thinking about people to shove them into some narrow little slot that seriously limits their value.
As leaders we have no greater responsibility than to create a place where people can express their gifts – a place where people can make someone else’s life a little bit better.
As a leader it is easy to think that you do this. But unless you are regularly amazed by what your people are doing to make your business successful, than you are not creating those opportunities your people deserve.
If you remember that we work because we want to put our talent to work helping others, then as a leader creating opportunities to make a difference should be your primary focus.