Fostering Fulfilment in the Workplace

Published 29/06/2021

The Modern Workforce

As a society, we often consider our work or employment a key pillar to success and apart of our daily routine or where we contribute a high percentage of our energy. It's well documented that we spend most of our waking hours at work. Therefore, we need to make a commitment that our time at work is fulfilling and provides us and the organisation value to ultimately achieve a sense of success.

During recent years it's fair to say working environments have looked a little different and operated in a way difficult to imagine a generation ago. An increase in new tech, communications methods and expanding access to the internet enable us to work outside the workplace at pretty much any time of the day or night. Increasing competition from around the world has led to increasing pressure for cost efficiencies and higher productivity.

These factors are all well and good as long as we are not losing sight of supporting our team and creating a supporting culture that fosters fulfilment for all. So, how do we do this?

Dynamic Environments Foster Fulfilled Talent

Dynamic working environments bring new opportunities for growth, professional development, increasing your networks and innovation in product and relationships. However, the extent and pace of change can, when coupled with a working environment that doesn’t actively support their teams well-being, lead to physical, mental and emotional health challenges. It can also affect relationships and other lifestyle changes if not treated with care and sensitivity.

The people and environment within your team have a tremendous influence on the well-being and holistic sense of culture in your organisation. There is a fine line between 'diversity of team' and 'limiting beliefs' or lack of synergy to achieve a common purpose or goal. Identifying these areas are important steps to creating common values and a team first approach.

Organisational issues that may arise include: poor communication and management practices, limited participation in decision-making, long or inflexible working hours and lack of team cohesion. Although these behaviours may not be evident from all of your talent or staff, when present, they can impact those around them. Upon research it's clear that the management of these behaviours are important to the ongoing fulfilment and retention of your talent or staff.

  • A staggering majority (96%) of employees believe that achieving fulfilment at work is possible, and 70% say they would consider leaving their current role for a more fulfilling one.
  • This desire for fulfilment is so strong that one out of three employees say they would consider lower pay for a more fulfilling job.

Some things to keep in mind to increase and influence the fulfilment and engagement of your team:

  • Make space for employees to create meaning
  • Provide an appropriate degree of structure
  • Create a culture that shows purpose
  • Get intentional with team building

New stats shows that meaning and fulfilment at work is the new standard employees expect of their work experience, and one that companies need to embrace if they want to cultivate the best workforce, now and in the future.

Whether you are a leader or talent, are you creating a culture to cultivate fulfilment and satisfaction within your team or organisation?

Understand how your talent are really feeling today. Learn more at, World Health Organisation, 2020
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