Work used to be about survival, for many it still is; yet more and more people are making life altering career decisions seeking personal fulfillment. Fluff or legit, it doesn’t matter, the leader who understands employees and gives the gift of true self-awareness is the leader who creates the “loyal engaged employee”... who still might leave! Fulfillment, happiness, whatever the employee seeks, self-awareness is the opportunity of smart leaders.
Originally getting a job was simply the means to take care of oneself or their family. There was no following one’s passion or saving the world. The average worker followed the mantra of “do what you gotta do”. Grateful there was a steady paycheck, or health benefits or [insert modern perk here]. Of course there was venting with peers, dreaming during happy hour but not much else. Then perks and opportunities became more prevalent and there was no shortage of things to do at work, with work, because of work. And yet today, it’s not just the younger generation who want to “be happy”, every generation wanted it; it’s just today we think it’s in reach. In fact, due to parts of jobs being so amazing, the frustrating parts are that much worse. No longer is work about work, it’s about an individual’s relationship to their work.
The relationship has evolved so much, from every job being overhauled by technology. At first thought, we may think not all jobs have been affected by tech, but then consider how we not only apply for work, but search for it, all through our personal tech devices. People have less so changed and more so evolved like, whereas jobs have been created from thin air, like a new species – see computer programmer, virtual assistants, anything that detached from a brick and mortar and exists beyond the binds of time and space (okay maybe not that awesome, but you get the point).
So what happens when people have bigger aspirations, or just aspiration? And jobs keep getting downsized and new ones appear from thin air... the future of work isn’t in stone. We don’t know what to expect, except change. Meaning employees will want to leave and will leave, but on what terms? Leaders can wait for it to happen or leader can make it apart of the environment their workplace comes to expect. What happens if employees not only went to work to do a job, but also studied themselves and sought out new jobs/opportunities, whilst still doing their “job”? They still might leave, but while there, can you see a more loyal worker or when they do leave how do they remember/refer the company that invested in them? How will they remember the company that played a part in their daily fulfillment?
Self-awareness is the gift of smart leaders. The relationship people have with themselves, their work and the future is uncertain. Opportunity is abundant and overwhelming; your talented people will find it. What do you want to do about it now?
What fulfills you?