Work, career, profession is important to everyone.
We all need to pursue something larger than ourselves to feel connected to a wider purpose, to feel connected to other people and (most importantly) to foster connection to ourselves in our work.
While this connection is important, it can also be very illusive; it’s difficult to see how completing a task, or a sitting in a repetitive meeting, is really moving the bar forward for your organization (or your career).
Fundamentally, your work is important (why would someone be paying you to do it if it wasn’t?).
Here are some strategies to connect more deeply to the many ways your work makes a difference.
It’s important to remember that how you are recognized for the work you do is different from the value of the work you do; they are not always equal or compatible.
Both are key parts of meaning, but in better understanding how your work makes a difference, you are able to connect to the value and meaning of it (absent of others thoughts, opinions and actions).
This is a vital first step, because if you can’t connect to the difference your work makes for yourself, no amount of positive feedback, or recognition, will make you feel good about yourself in your work.
Not getting the recognition from others you deserve at work?
Giving a voice to the value of your work, using concrete examples, empowers your ability to foster the respect your work deserves from others