Why Make Meaningful Work?
People spend considerable amounts of their time at work in projects that have little value.
Projects are part of a larger system we call “work”.
Sometimes people feel work is :
So what is the overall impact on people at work?
What can sleepwalking feel like at work?
- Limited choices
- No time to think
- No energy
How can WE :
Make practices to contribute to the intention of wellness for people, work, projects, communities and economies for an enlightened future society?
We do this by creating:
- Trusting work environments.
In order to strengthen trust in work environments, we need to gain perspectives to see more widely and deeply by:
- Listening to other perspectives.
- Probing for what you may not see.
- Zooming out to gain perspectives.
- Zooming in on the details paired with the bigger picture.
And then to share and clarify perspective by:
- Confronting the issues to help solve problems.
- Connecting the dots to gain focus.
Finally to define meaning based on perspectives and know what to work and why by:
- Prioritising on what to work on.
- Focusing on what to work on and it’s meaning.
Using these example practices, we need YOUR help to answer :
How can we make meaningful work?
What if you …
- Possess all the social permission you need to change personal habits?
- Spent an hour of everyday examining the potential for significance of a project?
- Began listening to and imploring others for their motives rather than their threats?
- Replace “what do I stand to lose?” with “what might we all need to gain?”
- Openly discussed the projects you work on mattered and where the best work felt like play and the best play felt like work?
- Welcomed all disciplines to create a broader ‘community of aspiration’ and signed an implicit contract to make meaningful work for every project we put our hands to?
Calls to action
This is a hard question to answer and so WE will help to:
- Write articles about this question of — how can we make meaningful work?
- Use the articles to contribute to key themes
- Invite experts from a range of domains who can write about key themes
- Use the key themes to contribute directly to practices
- Use the practices to contribute to an integrated practice as part of continuous learning
- Organise events globally to help discuss frustrations that can lead to #sleepwalking and opportunities that can lead to #sparkle
You can, in the meantime, join in the conversation going forward and let us know if you have any questions.
Dan & Jo