31st August 2022

Empower Employees to Feel Fulfilled with Their Current Employer

Create Their Dream Job Where They Are

It’s no secret that enjoying your job is one important aspect of working. If you’ve ever left a job because you were not feeling fulfilled at work, you’re not alone. Many employees in today’s world are looking for work benefits beyond just good healthcare or a nice paycheck; put simply, they want to leave work feeling fulfilled. Neuroscience suggests the following are key ingredients of a fulfilling job: positive relationships, feeling like your work is making an impact, and opportunities for growth.

The employee experience plays a large role in employee retention. If your team is feeling disengaged at work, they become a flight risk. According to a recent study by PwC, 70% of employees indicated they would consider leaving their current position for one they find more fulfilling. Your staff is not exempt; they want to feel like they’re working their dream job.

If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of how to do this for each of your employees, don’t worry; most employees recognize they are responsible for creating their dream job. As a leader, then, it’s your role is to empower employees and create a culture of purpose.

Involve Team Members in Goal-Setting

We all know goals are a relevant, necessary part of a thriving business and an engaged team, but making goals personal adds purpose. Allow your team to help you create the goals they’ll be working towards and you’ll find they are more invested. When they can see clearly how the work they do contributes to these goals, their work will feel more purpose-led, and this cultivates an overall culture of purpose in your workplace.

Including your staff in creating goals also encourages them to think about, and connect with, the “why” behind their work. This is crucial for creating a sense of ownership, both in regard to their work and the company goals they’re working towards. This sense of ownership makes the work more enjoyable and is a great motivator.

Provide Structure

Providing structure encourages employees to play a role in making their work meaningful for themselves. It’s important not to go overboard and create too much structure, though; you want your employees to know what needs to be done but feel as though they have some flexibility in where, how, or when they do it. It may take some time to strike the right balance between structure and flexibility, but when you do, you’ll see your employees finding meaning and purpose at work while they continue to support company goals.

Give Your Team Space

While it’s important to provide structure for your employees, it’s also necessary to give them the space and time they need to work without being micromanaged. Once you’ve worked with your staff to create goals and you’ve laid out a helpful structure for them, the next step is to let them do the work you’ve trusted them to do.

Again, this is a great way to encourage your employees to take ownership of their work. As long as you maintain accountability and have clear expectations, giving your team some space will allow them to create their own dream jobs right where they are! When they feel empowered to do so, you might be surprised at how invested your team is in the work they get to do.

Create a Culture of Belonging

When there is a culture of belonging at work, people want to be there. Most people spend a little over 10 years of their lives at work… it’s only natural to want to feel like they are valued there! It doesn’t take as much as you might think to make people feel valued, but it does take consistency. One nice conversation isn’t going to cut it; if you want your employees to feel like they belong, you have to provide consistent opportunities for them to grow as a team. Connecting with one another is how a positive culture is created.

Team building is a great way to encourage a culture like this. The key is to find ways to introduce shared experiences on a regular basis. If team building is a struggle for you, we’re here to help! Check out our Team Building Training here for guidance.

When it comes to figuring out what contributes to a person feeling fulfilled at their job, don’t overthink it; start by thinking about what you would do if you were creating your dream job. It’s safe to say most of us want the same things out of our place of work: an understanding of what we’re doing and why, some direction on how to get it done, the space to do it, and a desire to be valued in the midst of it all.

If you have been working hard to help your employees feel more engaged and you’re not seeing the results you’ve been hoping for, don’t give up! It’s worth the effort you’re putting in, and we’d love to assist you. You can find more information about working with us on employee engagement here.