Leaders Must Be Engaged Before Focusing on Workforce
Most HR professionals got into the job because they like working with people and believe that a happy workforce makes a healthy company. However, with the new pressures that come with electronic communications, a poor economy and the push to do more with less, it is easy to get sidetracked and focus only on the time deadlines and difficult situations. What happened to loving your job?
I recently read a blog by Mark Craemer, a consultant and leadership coach. He reviews research based on the idea of finding a sense of satisfaction in our work by developing “flow.” Complete concentration on a task, known as finding your flow, creates a level of focus not often found in this time of instant messaging and continuous connections.
It appears that we find the best flow when we perform challenging tasks. Researchers suggest that to encourage flow, we should ensure that work tasks include clear goals, effective feedback, a sense of control, and a sense of purpose that is larger than ourselves.
Start by incorporating those characteristics into your own work. Then, imagine what they can do for your organization’s employee engagement. The following quote from Craemer’s blog gives you an idea of the possible results.
“When a person’s entire being is stretched in the full functioning of body and mind,” says Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an expert on work flow, “whatever one does becomes worth doing for its own sake; living becomes its own justification. In the harmonious focusing of physical and psychic energy, life finally comes into its own.”