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4 steps to finding purpose at work Logo cgma

  Charlie Hugh-Jones |   Free |   Aug 2018 |   FM magazine

Even high performers in the work place can still feel a lack of purpose in their job. This article offers advice in how you can connect between your own goals and that of the organisation. It starts by asking what your personal values might be. It then suggests matching those with the prime objectives of your work place. A review of how you do your current job and changing it to align with the specific corporate direction can improve morale.

Topics covered:
  • Management accounting: Leadership: Motivating & inspiring, Advanced

4 Comments/Reflections

Paula Adams

Paula Adams Jun 2019

I found this article very useful.
Andrew Ritchie

Andrew Ritchie Mar 2019

It is easy to fall into the belief that there is 'one' true purpose for each of that and if you miss it you'll be forever going through the motions.

Unlocking a more purposeful you

Take small steps each day to connect you with what matters most

Design your day to connect yourself to your values, your skill set and your interests every day.

Putting it into practice

Define your personal purpose (a personal 1pp strategy can work)
Revisit your organisation's purpose / highest goal.

Reframe your role

I am a fan of Adam Grant and I've never been attached to job titles. Reframing your role with a job title that is more a vehicle for improving creativity rather than a tie to organisational rigidity makes sense to me.

I've always found titles, hierarchy and formality a much less important part of work in New Zealand than the US or UK. Job titles are much less a status symbol here so I think this creative approach to linking titles to purpose fits well here.

A final takeaway

Don't forget who you are, who you provide for and who is important to you outside of work. Why you choose goals outside of work can help you link to being more purposeful at work.

My Summary

I have found huge benefit in connecting myself to a purpose, a why. I think we all go through phases where we are going through the motions and these are useful suggestions for keeping yourself in the zone of work being meaningful.

Having personal goals (for me connected to running and tennis) always give me more of a personal spark that reflects in my performance at work. Much as I love reading and studying leadership, KPIs and culture taking a break (particularly on vacation) and reading fiction for a while is a great way of resetting my mind and refocusing.
Emma Providence

Emma Providence Jan 2019

A really thought provoking read which led me to creating my own mission statement "Through analysis, communication & influence, ensure that we make the best decisions for the good of the organisation & the people within it".

It is easy to forget "what it is all about" and lose motivation, but I personally like to remind myself that the organisation has a common goal which as well as generating proft, enables many people to earn a living, support families and be contributing members of society.  This helps me to ensure that I give 100% so that I play my part in ensuring the organisation strives.

Lisa Kirkham

Lisa Kirkham Sep 2018

An interesting idea of reframing your unofficial job title to something more meaningful.  It will certainly help you feel like your adding in a positive way and helps refocus the mind on those aspects of your job that really matter.