Why Purpose and Values matter at work?

Do you know the purpose, goals and values of the business you are part of? We all want to spend our time meaningfully.

How is it possible to work effectively if we have a restricted understanding of how our job contributes to our employer’s overall goals and values? It is worthwhile to challenge those restrictions where they exist and assert your need to know. 

Your personal values matter, at work as much as in your private life. Can you articulate all the values you hold dear? Do you know how they motivate your attitudes and actions? If you are able to articulate your own values as well as the values espoused by your business, you are in a better position to provide constructive workplace criticism and participate in improvements.

Purpose and Value Resources

Here’s some great reading to take you further:

Article: Harry M Jansen Kraemer Jr ‘The only true leadership is values-based leadership’ Forbes (2011)

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (rev. ed. 2002) – A classic book on how to achieve happiness, and those special moments when the challenge we face is perfectly matched to our capabilities.

Sometimes we feel despair that our own efforts are too small to have an impact. We worry that we can’t help our families, our teams or our world enough. Watch this video by Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel laureate, who reminds us of the importance of every small effort.

Drive by Daniel Pink (2011) – The surprising truth about what motivates and satisfies us. Watch his 2009 TED talk

How To Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric (2012) – There is soul and meaning in work, and we can find it.

Deloitte research (2015) Driving corporate growth through social impact by John Mennel and Nate Wong.