Perspective Matters

Finding meaning at work means having a perspective that allows you to envision and find ways to tangibly connect to something bigger than your daily tasks.

Finding meaning at work means having a perspective that allows you to envision and find ways to tangibly connect to something bigger than your daily tasks.

This requires having a sense of your own vision as well as your organization’s vision (we’ll touch on vision in another post). Suffice it to say that any job imaginable can be connected to something larger, something worth doing … with the right perspective.

You can go to work and slap some sauce and cheese on yet another pizza, or you can go to work and turn someone’s day around with the love and care you put into making a beautiful pie that will provide a sensory experience and nourishment to another human being.

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John Meola November 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM
What a bunch of hooey! Have you explained to a line worker at McDonalds how she can "turn someone's day around" with a Big Mac or how said Big Mac is a "sensory experience" that provides "nourishment" to her fellow man? I didn't think so. Yes, it's all more corporate claptrap designed to make the overworked and underpaid masses -- who will probably end up sacrificing their Thanksgiving this year -- feel good.
Jennifer Margolis November 22, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Thanks for reading our blog. It’s exciting to have dialogue around subjects we are passionate about! In our work we’ve noticed a shift in the need for many to connect daily work to something bigger than the task at hand. The example of pizza is simplistic and intended as an illustration. I’ve been studying mindfulness lately and figuring out its application to the workplace. The power of small shifts in perspective, something we have control over, can have a big impact in how we feel about our work, even in workplaces where circumstances are out of our control. To use your example of someone working at McDonald's, or an example of a daily task: doing dishes, we can think about our tasks in negative ways, (there is the reality that it is “work”, not something we would choose without other obligations), or we can shift our way of thinking - maybe it’s not an ideal work situation, or maybe I would rather not do dishes, but I can think about what I’m contributing to someone else. I can think about how my small actions might in turn have a small positive impact on someone else’s day… and with practice, it really can change the way we approach not only those tasks, but our overall outlook on our lives. In essence, it’s about gratitude for what have (instead of what we don’t have). Contemplating perspective, gratitude and appreciation for what each of us does and can bring to our work, our families and communities doesn’t seem like hooey at all.


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