I was talking with Scott, the founder of Business on Purpose the other day, and we were talking about how my transition has been over the past year. To be honest, there have been days that have been great, days that have been easy and other days that have been a struggle.
In Young Life, it was such a great organization to work for. There were tough days and boring days, but at the end of it all was a mission I was so excited about. I knew the why behind it all and that made the tough days 100% worth it.
Back to my conversation with Scott. I was explaining that to him and the words that came out of my mouth kind of surprised me. I don’t know if that ever happens to you, but I can be an external processor, so sometimes I’ll say things and think…yeah that’s it!
Scott had just talked about how he wants this to be MORE than a job and one of the things he hopes never comes out of my mouth is this thought of…” Oh, it’s just a job.”
And that’s the phrase that stuck with me. “A work worth doing!”
I wonder how you would describe your day to day. Is it just a job? Is it a clock in clock out job with no real direction behind it other than bringing home a paycheck? Now, hear me say this…supporting your family and working hard to do so IS a work worth doing.
But you come in contact with too many people, are training and encouraging and overseeing too many people to just clock in and clock out without any real idea that it could be so much more than just a job.
What if your mission was to positively impact every single person that works with you. If every single team member were to come into work knowing they were valued and invested in. It would change your day to day.
So what is a work worth doing?
Well, it’s like one of our clients putting their employees through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Helping them get out of debt and get freed to make wise choices with their finances.
It’s like another one of our clients letting their kids come in during pandemic schooling and creating a learning space for any of the kids who need to do school from home.
It’s like another one of our clients using his success to pay for a nice lunch for local teachers so they can feel appreciated in the midst of one of the hardest years on record to try to educate our kids!
Maybe it’s as simple as recognizing great work when it’s seen, and like another of our clients, using their team meeting to formally recognize an employee of the week (recognized by customers) and rewarding that team member with a gift card.
I know, if you’re anything like me, that makes the hard days of work worth it. Having a mission that’s bigger than yourself and a “work worth doing” gets me excited to engage with business owners and their team leaders every single day.
If you need some more ideas of how to do this with your team. Don’t hesitate to check out our website and podcast for more free tips.
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Have a great week everyone!