Meaning and Work

Work can be a place where workers feel meaningful and committed. Managers can help workers feel meaningful, and therefore more productive, or managers can tear employees down. Often a manager doesn’t realize what s/he is doing hurts employees, but, according to a McKinsey article, we can try to limit how much managers destroy employees’ attitude.  There are four major ways that leaders unconsciously destroy meaning at work:

  1. Mediocrity signals
  2. Strategic ‘attention deficit disorder’
  3. Corporate Keystone Kops
  4. Misbegotten ‘big, hairy, audacious goals’

The article goes into further detail on each of these items, but I want to look at how managers and leaders can foster meaning, or at least think about it:

  • “When you communicate with employees, do you provide strategic clarity that’s consistent with your organization’s capabilities and an understanding of where it can add the most value?”
  • “Can you keep sight of the individual employee’s perspective?”
  • “Do you have any early-warning systems that indicate when your view from the top doesn’t match the reality on the ground?”

These are three questions will help any company to work on employee productivity, creativity and commitment, as stated at McKinsey. 


About life at esyringe

Life at esyringe is about the inner workings of a small business based in Washington State. Get a good laugh or some introspection at The company sells syringes online, hence 'esyringe'. No, not syringes you would put in a vein, but syringes that go into larger machines for analyzing blood and chemical compounds.
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