Working with Why: Employee Engagement and Meaning

Employee Engagement: Putting Strengths on a Weekly Calendar

The pyramid of employee engagement offers a model of the 10 blocks of employee engagement. Here is a link to a 50 page booklet on the pyramid. There are 10 posts in this series. To learn more with a chance to be interactive on strengths and engagement plan to attend an educational workshop in London on the importance of strengths for employee engagement and a fusion of the pyramid of employee engagement with a strength-based approach to work.

Add strengths to meaning and engagement

Meaningful work is one of the most important things we can impart to children. Meaningful work is work that is autonomous. Work that is complex, that occupies your mind. And work where there is a relationship between effort and reward — for everything you put in, you get something out… Malcolm Gladwell

When you have a why to work you can bear any how. Are we having enough meaningful conversation about the why and purpose of work as employees engage in efforts that have a greater purpose. We don’t find meaning or purpose so much as create our purpose. My strengths of creativity and flexibility are powerful attributes to help me in creating meaning and being flexible in viewing the purpose of my work. For example, the Employee Engagement Network I founded is a labor of love so that other people will love their labor. This is not some sort of mushy soft feeling about work but the gumption, discipline, concentration, and patience required when we really love something.

Dr. Paul Fairlie from York University stated meaning is: ”self-actualizing work (work that enables you to realize your full potential, values, and life goals), social impact (having a positive impact on people and things through your work), feelings of personal accomplishment, and believing that your highest career goals can be achieved within your current organization.”

Some common dimensions of meaning include having a purpose or goals, living according to one’s values and goals, autonomy, control, challenge, achievement, competence, mastery, commitment, engagement, generativity or service to others, self-realization, growth, and fulfillment. My experiences with employees is that most of us value our strengths, strive to use our strengths in the service of others, have a greater sense of accomplishment when we use our strengths for specific tasks, and our strengths used on a daily basis contribute to our wellbeing at work.

As we fuse strengths with meaning and apply this to results and progress we create stronger engagement. To me, strengths function as the link between who I am (identity), how I work (strengths), what I offer (contribution), and why I work (meaning). I hope to see you at the London workshop to further our discussion about the pyramid of engagement, strengths, innovation, and excellence.

Educational London Workshop on Strength Based Approaches to Leadership

Plan to attend the London UK Strength and Engagement Workshop Wednesday November 28 from 13:00 to 18:00.  I invite you to attend an afternoon workshop sponsored by Strengths Partnership on The Leaders Role in Optimising Strengths and Engagement to Achieve Innovation and Excellence. I will be presenting/facilitating on the Pyramid of Employee Engagement and Michael Farry, HR Director for PhotoBox, will also be presenting on how to build a culture of positive leadership, collaboration and innovation through a systematic, practical and integrated change and development programme.

For a modest fee of £75 plus VAT, you will receive:

  •  Entrance to the conference and networking over drinks after the event
  •  An opportunity to take the Strengthscope360™ profiler and receive feedback
  •  A free leadership book entitled “Stretch – Leading Beyond Boundaries”
  •  Delegate pack containing proven and practical tools to help optimise workforce strengths and engagement at the individual, team and organisational levels
  •  An invitation to join the Strengths HR Forum (over 1,300 members) and the Employee Engagement Network (over 5,000 members)

To register click here.

Next Post in the Series: Employee Engagement: Wellbeing

David Zinger is an employee engagement expert. He will be in the UK in late November to support the Go Live event for the UK Employee Engagement Task Force and to co-lead an afternoon on the fusion of employee engagement and strengths for innovation and excellence.


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