Looking after your workforce is imperative to your company’s success.
Fulfilment – “A feeling of pleasure and satisfaction because you are happy with your life.” (Cambridge Dictionary)
“It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between 9 and 5. It’s whether or not our work fulfils us.”
- Malcolm Gladwell (Bestselling Author)
Being fulfilled is something that comes up frequently when you speak to someone about why they like or dislike their job. But why is fulfilment so important?
Any successful person will tell you that there’s a direct correlation between enjoying what you do and eventual success. Happiness about your role within an industry, feeling fulfilled with who you are and what you, and your team, are all about, gives you a feeling of success and fulfilment.
So, I hear you asking “how can I make my workforce feel more fulfilled?”
Ensuring your workforce is fulfilled may just be easier than you think. Some may take to your workforce like a fish to water, some may need a little more attention and some may not settle at all. That’s life, you can’t please everyone! But, the important thing is to invest your time wisely into inspiring fulfilment in your workforce.
We’ve taken the time to compile a short list of a few things that you can start to incorporate into your leadership/company routine that may benefit the levels of fulfilment within your workplace.
Empathy – Empathise with your workforce, not only on a personal basis but within a work environment too. Is someone struggling? Be able to empathise with the situation and work together for the best possible outcome.
Consider employing a hybrid working model – An increasingly popular mindset, used by global leaders such as Samsung, Google, Apple etc. As we’ve learnt throughout the pandemic, a lot of employees have become accustomed to working from home and there have been thousands of cases where people have actually quit, rather than returning to the office. It’s clear that people enjoy that freedom to be able to work from anywhere/the comfort of their own home. A hybrid work model can be a happy medium between a total WFH model and a total in-office model, and you have the power to decide the split – 4/1, 3/2.
Communication – Communication is a two-way street, too many people wait for their turn to speak, rather than listening to understand. Listening to your workforce when they communicate issues and then communicating a resolution that solves that issue is a staple to any good leader.
Promotion of a healthy work life balance – Make sure you organise for your team to socialise outside of work, encourage out of office hobbies or sports teams. 5-a-side leagues stretch to business leagues!
Recognition – We all like to be acknowledged when we do a good job. Recognising when a member of your team or workforce has done a good job always gives an employee a boost – leading to more positive feelings toward their work and ultimately leading to better work.
Continue to learn – Nobody knows it all. We all have our own methods of how a task can be done, but opening your mind to methods that your employees or team members are suggesting can have a positive outcome for both sides. Continue to listen to input, no answer is a wrong answer, and you’ll allow your employees to grow as well as you and your company.
To conclude, behaviour breeds behaviour. In most office settings, inspiring fulfilment in the workforce is usually a case of seeming more human to your employees. Try to incorporate one or more of the above and you’ll be sure to notice a difference.