Meaningful work is like oxygen, there’s more to it than just being nice to have. Human experience that is enriching and life prolonging, has a sense of meaning.
It’s what keeps you alive and coffers your sense of well-being
Life without meaning is depleting physically and mentally, affecting you on multidimensional levels, your ability to thrive goes down the toilet. People who are lacking meaning in their life often develop and have in their body’s life depleting diseases like cancer and heart diseases.
Many people can’t stand there job and see it as a means to an end
Sounds bleak, but it’s a way of life for many people, for many generations.
Knowing that you are capable of producing a benefit or result you care about
Even highly stressful jobs can offer value and meaning to the employee. Even if you are just the one who welds the wires together, the piece of equipment could be something that saves the lives of others. It has to do with your personal values and the feedback from the people who benefit from your work.
Authentic connection mattters
It’s one of the most important things to a sound customer service connection for companies. For people to feel like they have your undivided attention when they call and that you care about easing their stress, and that you are capable of solving the customer’s problem efficiently. For those few minutes customer service is building a connection, a friendship with you, and caring about how they can help. It gives the customer meaning.
A customer who gives customer service feedback by graciously thanking them for helping and taking the time makes for authentic connection for everyone involved to benefit from. The company wins, the customer service employee wins and the customer wins and it enables all three of them to be more devoted to each other for different reasons. Life has meaning and it’s as simple as that.
Positive relationships work and count. You matter.
A perfect example of this is the movie, “Erin Brokovich,” in which Erin takes the time to develop relationships with the people who are dying and in danger from the toxic chemicals PG &E have littered the water and the soil with in a rural economically poor town. Her boss values her, and so do the plaintiffs.
A new lawyer begins working on the case with his sterile non-friendly, non-relationship developing assistant and you can see the difference between the two of them; people do not trust her or are willing to deal with her, but they love Erin and only want to talk to her. Erin is able to make the people of the town who are poor feel like they matter and therefore their case is worth bringing forward to be heard.
Life has meaning, Erin feels good about herself because she helping the people of the small town. She matters, it's important in her life at this point in time, during the movie, that she find meaning in her life and matter to someone especially after being dumped by the men in her life. Life is good.
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