Companies that want to have a truly positive impact need people who are fully engaged with their work and aren’t afraid to bring their genuine identities to the office.
This article has some really interesting things to say about the power of employees who feel like they have a purpose at work.
"Finding a sense of purpose at work is powerful because it allows people to go beyond balancing work and everything else to integrating what they do at work with their lives as a whole."
It would be easy to think that, because of our not-for-profit, educational mission, Extension employees have or should have a sense of purpose in their work, but I'm not sure that's true.
In my own organization, I'm not sure we are doing enough to give our employees that sense of purpose, especially those employees who might struggle to see how their daily work directly effects the mission.
I worry that our sense of purpose as an organization is sometimes overshadowed by a focus on seeking out funding and humoring funders we already have.
Finally, I wonder if Extension's turnover rate reflects an organozation with employees inbued with a sense of purpose.
I feel lucky to have a personal sense of purpose that aligns with the mission of the organization I work for. I hope all Extension employees can feel the same way.
Do you feel connected to your organization's mission?