Articles by: Maggie Deininger Berris
It’s 4:30 p.m. and you’ve been relentlessly working all day to finish your client project by the 5 p.m. deadline. You’re tired, you’ve given everything you have: your heart, your soul, your mind. You can feel your heart rate increasing as your deadline approaches and as you zero in, you clear your mind and focus. This project, this deadline, becomes the only thing that matters in the world at this very time and place.
This is a person who has purpose in the workplace. A person who believes in their workplace mission. A person who has motivation. Purpose is the stuff that keeps you going when stress is high, and deadlines are fast and furious.
If you’re giving your energy, your blood, sweat, and tears for your job, it is vital to find meaning and purpose in your work. In the U.S., most of us work at least a 40-hour work week—that’s the majority of our time. Work is our life, and life should be full of positive energy and happiness. Believing in and loving our work allows us to be happy. It helps us find the drive to sit and pour over lines of data, or try again to find different solutions to problems.
It’s a slow-growing trend, but hashtags like #purpose and #loveyourwork are becoming mainstream. There are blogs about happiness at work, articles about purpose-driven work and studies about purpose in the workplace. There are even organizations dedicated to teaching companies how to help their employees find purpose and happiness at work.
People want to be happy and have purpose at work.
I personally find purpose at work in several ways:
- I know that my job is helping me reach my career goals.
- The companies I work with as a member of #TeamProsper, as well as those I volunteer with, are positively impacting in the world.
- Knowing that the work I do is making a difference helps me find value, happiness, and meaning.
What’s your purpose at work?