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“Great things never come from comfort zones.” – Quote by an unknown source. 

One of the leading reasons for attrition / quick turnover of staff in organisations is known to be dissatisfaction in their present jobs/ careers (and the lack of continuing in it for their foreseeable future). All “woke” employers of any size and nature gear themselves for this challenge to help their employees find “meaning at work”.  

Employees need to find meaning at work, in what they do and be motivated that what they do matters, that they matter to the company, and so on. A survey by a leading company in 2016 revealed that loyalty to an organisation stems from support extended by the organisation to the careers and life goals of the employees concerned.  

The management/ ownership should nurture the spirit of purpose/meaning among its employees on a regular basis. One way to do that is to encourage and start conversations around it, and take it from there.  Creating the inner purpose of a team member takes time, start the nurturing process and let it take roots.  

Here we have compiled some pertinent questions to ask employees to begin conversations. 

What are you good at? It helps to identify/recognise the strengths of individuals and create avenues for better utilisation of human resources within the organisational structure. What responsibilities do you take on because you believe you are the right person to do it? Which work/tasks require the least effort from your end? 

What do you enjoy doing? Questions like these enable employees to identify find or rediscover what they love about their work.  If you could design your job profile freely, how would you spend your time? For example, a person might be happy being a trainer/mentor rather than an administrative secretary. 

What feels most productive? Which results at work give you a sense of accomplishment? Which of your work tasks are vital for your department/company? These questions shine the light on the intrinsic value of certain roles/tasks and so on. 

How are you equipping yourself for the future? Where do you see yourself in the future? Is the work you doing today helping you get where you want to be tomorrow? These questions show that their current roles will help them get to their intended future goals. 

How do you relate to your co-workers? Which associations at work are best for you? Who all would be your colleagues in an ideal work scenario?  Such questions encourage people to look inward about relationships/associations at the workplace which bring meaning to a day at work? 

Happy and satisfied employees go the extra mile, have a sense of ownership, and are doubly motivated to make each day count. It is in the interest of the company to make sure that the owners/leaders play the important role in making it happen. Are you making it happen with your organisational structure?

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Rahul Ray

Rahul is a seasoned consultant in travel, transport and hospitality sector subject matter expert with over 20 years of experience and constantly challenging himself to re-define travel distribution and channels, Dedicated Son, Love Nature and Politics both

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