Last week, I wrote about Employee-centered job design as a way to create meaningful work experiences and retain employees. This week, I want to turn the focus to helping employees create meaningful experiences at work.
Most of us spend at least 8 hours at work. That’s 50% of our waking hours if you are among the lucky ones who get at least 8 hours of sleep! As an employee, what can you do to make your experience at work more enjoyable?
Suggestions for Creating a More Meaningful Work Experience
Craft your job. Are there opportunities within your role or team to craft your jobs to make it meaningful for you? You may try to reframe your day-to-day activities in such a way that align these activities with your interests and strengths.
Are you open to taking on additional responsibilities that would make you feel that you are making an impact to your team and organization? Seek out these opportunities that build upon your strengths and volunteer your service. This may lead you to a new role that is a better fit for you.
Commit to learning new skills. Sometimes, doing what you would love to do at work requires picking up new skills. If this is the case, block off time from your busy schedules to learn the skills you need. Attend online or in-person training. Seek out various projects to demonstrate what you are capable of as a way to build your portfolio.
Talk with your manager. Do you dread getting up everyday to go to work? Do you feel stuck in your current position? This is a good sign that the job you are in is not a good fit for you. You may have outgrown your job or not be fully utilizing your strengths. Talk with your manager and share what motivates you most at work. Discuss with your manager to redesign your role.
Network with colleagues and peers. Reach out and connect with your coworkers in another division within your organization and with your peers outside your company. Share your expertise and be willing to help others and consider pursuing opportunities elsewhere if that is the best course for you. You own your career and your happiness. It is critical that you identify and pursue opportunities that are a good fit for your strengths and passions.
What gets you up in the morning? What makes your work meaningful? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.