image by Olivier Schrauwen

image by Olivier Schrauwen

Following on my last post, which, among other things, reminded readers that they are due respect and dignity in the workplace (in the nonprofit sector or another), I wanted to share a great article “Why You Hate Work” by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath, (Sunday New York Times). Below is an excerpt:

“Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met: physical, through opportunities to regularly recharge and renew at work; emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions; mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done; and spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work.” 

If you lead a team of any size, I urge you to read this.

Even if you don’t “lead” (via title, org chart or nomination), you can act as a leader in your work.

Keeping these four important points in mind can help you feel connected to your team and help your colleagues become and stay happy and motivated in their work.

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