This is VERY good news, at least from my vantage point.
You see I track trends and how patterns from past generations play out at work. “Don’t Bring It to Work” discusses the 13 most common behaviors that we learned in our original organization, the family and how we bring what we learned about fairness, favoritism, back biting, betrayal, communication and cooperation into our work settings.
We also bring beliefs that work is “hard”, work is “unappreciated”, and work is “what we have to do till we can go have fun.”
This is changing!
The survey found that empowering workers to be real people instead of just “on-the-job-employees” and to use the work setting as a place of personal/professional growth has positive impact.
Happiness at work?
Workers who were able to leverage personal interests in their jobs state they were very satisfied; a whopping 48%, while only 7% of those who could not correlate personal interest and their job were able to say they were satisfied.
Some tips from Philips and from me that will make a difference if you are looking for a career (not just a job to pay the rent or mortgage):
- Know Yourself: that above all is the key. Read books, take quizzes, do on-line seminars, and align the talents that coordinate with your passions
- Think quality: let your “gut” help you decide where to work. Beware of shiny objects that can get you off track, often those jobs have no real worth long term!
- Have a resume that reflects YOU: there are so many creative ways to say “this is me” including video, blogs, and even a scrap book of pictures. If employers think this is “fluff,” keep looking.
- Network: In person and on-line: the six degrees of separation philosophy is real and you can find mentors every day of the week if you are aware.
This is a time of transformation.
On a recent plane trip back from Australia I watched “The Interns” with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. While it wasn’t the deepest and most powerful movie on the planet it gave a great view of Google and all the perks that working in a forward thinking organization offer.
When I was at the Mountain View Headquarters, I honestly thought I had died and gone to business heaven. Work can be creative, fun, challenging, respectful, and put money into the bank.
More ideas next week.