Tag Archives: Work Satisfaction

The Urgent vs. The Important

“I get completely caught up in fire-fighting and can’t find the time to advance my longer-term priorities.”-  It’s a common managerial wailing. We all have either used it ourselves or have heard people around us use it at work. The frustration one feels, when ‘the urgent’ crowds out ‘the important’ is something we all have

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What Motivates Employees More: Rewards or Punishments?

The 18th-century polymath Jeremy Bentham once wrote, “Pain and pleasure govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think.” Modern neuroscience strongly supports Bentham’s intuition. The brain’s limbic system, which is important for emotion and motivation, projects to the rest of the brain influencing every aspect of our being, from

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Find Meaning in Work: Change How You Think

Why is it that some extraordinarily well-paid people, working in pampered settings, feel empty, whereas others while working in the streets, feel fulfilled? Part of the answer is ‘purpose’ and for most people, purpose at work is built not found. Working with a sense of purpose, day-in and day-out, is an act of will that

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What to Do When Feeling Distracted at Work

Sometimes there’s so much going on in our life, and the world, that one just can’t focus. Feeling distracted and unproductive is something most people struggle with, says Susan David, author of Emotional Agility. Even on days when one feels industrious, one may contend with what’s going on with his/her co-workers. So, what can one do

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How to Help Someone Discover Work That Excites Them

A Deloitte study, conducted in 2014, found that “up to 87% of America’s workforce doesn’t contribute to their full potential”. Though much has been written about a leader’s role in motivating, engaging, & bringing out the best in employees, the study found the reason for this sub-par contribution to be lack of passion for work.

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What Millennials Want from a New Job

Millennials is a term used to refer to those who are born between 1980 and 1996. According to Gallup’s new report “How Millennials Want to Work and Live”, Millennials are the most likely to look for and change jobs. Research by Amy Adkins & Brandon Rigoni provides an in-depth look at Millennials as employees, people,

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Work-Life Balance: How to end the workday

When work is stressful, it can be difficult to disengage at the end of the day. With your mind churning, thinking about the mountain of tasks back at the office and distracted by work emails at the dinner table, it can be a challenge to turn off. According to a seven-year study on ‘workers’ performance’,

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Your Weakness May Be Your Competitive Advantage

For many of us, it’s hard to identify exactly what about us — if anything — is valuable or unique. Many of us are self-critical – we are very much aware of our weaknesses, but find it much harder to see our strengths. When you’re trying to understand your unique abilities, it helps to think about

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How to Tell Your Boss That You’re Not Engaged at Work

Many people think of employee engagement as a relatively new idea, though scientists have been studying it for years. William Kahn first introduced the term in 1990, defining it as “the degree of psychological identification employees experience with their job role or work persona.” He noticed that organizations tend to overlook the influence that everyday

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5 Questions to Help Employees Find Their Inner Purpose

How can leaders help employees find meaning at work? Organizations spend considerable amount of resources on corporate value and mission statement. But even the most inspiring of these — from Volvo’s commitment to Safety to Facebook’s desire to Connect People, tend to fade into background during the daily bustle of a work day. Leaders can’t

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