Articles by: Paula Kampf
Pretty much everyone has a story (or ten) of “the workplace from hell,” or even just the workplace they dreaded. Wouldn’t you rather work in the happier workplace? Of course you would.
No matter how much your organization engages with external customers and stakeholders, it’s tough to prosper if the people who are there are disengaged, looking for other work, too stressed to function well, or don’t believe that they are meaningfully valued as part of your mission.
In other words: Prosperity is an inside job.
A recent study from The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review examined 192 companies in the United States. One fascinating outcome, as quoted in The New York Times in 2014:
If your employees feel more energized, valued, focused and purposeful, do they perform better? Not surprisingly, the answer is almost always “Yes.” Next we ask, “So how much do you invest in meeting those needs?” An uncomfortable silence typically ensues.
In our work here at Prosper for Purpose we’ve often discovered that many (even *most*) of our clients know that creating a positive work experience for their employees is critically important to the success of their organization—but that most organizations don’t know how to go about that.
Which is why we’ve expanded our Curated Collaborative™ and now offer the Prosper With Purpose line of services. The investment in creating the happier workplace–a workplace that people love being part of pays off in organizational stability, productivity, sustainability and achievement. Prosper With Purpose is about creating a workplace where employees feel energized, valued, focused and purposeful.
Sometimes it’s a matter of simple, small shifts that make a big difference. Sometimes it’s a comprehensive culture change initiative. Always, it’s about making sure that the people who make your mission come to life and deliver your services to the world are proud and energized by being part of that mission.
Want a happier workplace? Let us help you Prosper With Purpose.
Everyone who feels inspired and excited about opening an email with “Employee Training” in the subject line, raise your hand.
Yeah, that’s what we thought. (We’ve gotten those emails, too.)
What if those employee training sessions were actually engaging?
What if they became enjoyable opportunities for the people in your organization?
We’re not kidding: that can happen.
How do we know?
We’ve been there, and we can help you to integrate researched interventions to transform your training days.
One of the services that our Prosper With Purpose line offers is consultancy and support for you to transform your annual required trainings into energized, engaging experiences for facilitators and participants alike. Imagine seeing that email and thinking, “Hey, that was great last year—I’m actually looking forward to it this time!”
Intrigued? Let’s talk about your organization’s staff trainings and create the small changes that can transform and inspire.
When I was a kid, I remember loving Sunday nights. My mom made pizza from scratch, Dad made popcorn; we kids set up a ‘picnic’ area on the living room floor and we all watched a movie or TV show together. Friends and neighbors often joined us, laughing, spending time together, looking forward to the new week.
And then something changed.
I don’t think it changed all at once—but somewhere along the line, for almost everyone I know, Sunday night became a time of isolation, stress, and dread.
We no longer simply look forward to weekends: we feel like we can barely get through until the weekend. We no longer simply work eight-hour-a-day, five-day-a-week jobs; our work comes with us wherever else we are.
We’re tired. We’re stressed. We’re overwhelmed. And we all keep hanging in there, hoping that something’s gonna give.
We’re working for the weekend. We’re working for retirement. We’re working because we have to pay bills. We’re working and we’re trying, and we keep showing up—but it’s harder and harder. I hear it again and again, from everyone from social workers to CEOs, teachers to sales teams, STNAs to lawyers, artists to ministers.
The ‘good’ news is that we are not alone. A 2013 Gallup poll found that only 30 percent of employees in the USA feel engaged at work. In a study of 142 countries around the world, only 13 percent of employees feel engaged at work. So it’s not just you—that’s good news, right?
But there’s also better news: it doesn’t have to be this way.
And THAT is what brings me to the team at Prosper For Purpose.
My entire career—maybe my entire life, really—has been about creating pathways for people to discover and live meaningful, purposeful lives. (In fact, I own and run a small company called “Meaningful Matters Incorporated.”) One thing I’ve learned is that we all truly want the way we spend our time every day to be meaningful—we *want* to look forward to our workday. We want to know that what we are doing matters. We want to believe that we contribute meaningfully to something bigger than ourselves.
Organizations, corporations, nonprofits and faith-based institutions alike exist to provide something that enhances life for others.
But somehow in the quest for efficiency, effectiveness and production, corporate cultures, the way we work, we’ve lost the practices that can create a meaningful, productive and (dare we say it) happy workplace.
So that’s what I’m doing here at Prosper For Purpose. I’m working with workplaces a lot like yours to create meaningful, productive and, yes, happy experiences. I’m bringing scientifically researched tools, practices and resources that shift and transform the work (and life!) experiences from “just getting by” to sustainable flourishing.
I’d love to tell you more about that—but that’s for another day. (Another blog post, sure—but I’d also love to have coffee with you and converse about your specific situation, in hopes of helping things change for the better for YOU, soon.)
Change is possible. Creating meaningful and happy workplaces is possible. I’m here to help. Let’s talk.