Remember how Bon Jovi put it? “Gonna live while I’m alive, I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Here’s my version: “Gonna thrive while I’m alive, I’ll sleep so I’m ahead.”
There are also some simple solutions that leaders and managers can introduce at virtually no cost that would make any workplace more humane and desirable — and, in all likelihood, also increase profitability.
The more effectively leaders and organizations support employees in meeting these core needs, the more likely the employees are to experience engagement, loyalty, job satisfaction and positive energy at work, and the lower their perceived levels of stress.
What we’ve lost is our on-off switch. Instead, we live mostly in a gray zone, neither fully on nor fully off. We keep going and going. But to make that possible, we rarely fully engage in anything.
What generates an enduring experience of meaning and satisfaction in our work is the sense that what we’re doing really matters — that we’re truly adding value in the world.