A process of self-discovery and self-identification
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi
The focus in the development of a meaningful workplace really needs be on self-discovery and self-identification. It is about helping employees to be aware of, to identify with, and to connect to the ambitions, feelings and behaviors the business seeks in its workplace.
The efforts to build a meaningful workplace must not result in dictates, mandates or rule books. There is no need to appoint “meaning police” to monitor employees and hand out tickets. There are no “trainers”, only mentors. There are no short-lived “campaigns”, but rather a constant undertow of meaningful actions.
The goal is to become a self-propagating meaningful workplace. A workplace in which employees embrace the ambition and align their efforts to it. A workplace to which employees feel emotionally connected. A workplace in which employees enjoy making their co-workers feel the same emotional bond. A workplace in which the attitudes, behavior, morality and ethics of employees create a truly meaningful culture. A workplace in which meaning simply replicates itself every time an employee comes in contact with the business, a co-worker or someone in the outside world.