Fit for purpose

By Jeremy Salter, Employee Engagement Lead

According to Aaron Hurst we are evolving with ever increasing speed from an Information Economy towards the Purpose Economy. He describes this evolution as being driven by a millennial desire for a life that matters.

Far from a new age fad Aaron describes this need for purpose as an exciting, transformative and disruptive economic force that amongst other things is changing how, why and where we work.

In Deloittes 2016 Millennial Survey, meaning and purpose are high on the wish lists of millennial employees. This same research reveals that for many millennials this need is unfulfilled resulting in them “having one foot out of the door” of their current employers.

If a sense of purpose is so important, what drives a sense of purpose at work and how can organisations provide it? It seems the answer is closer than we may think. According to Hurst a sense of purpose does not require a cause. It is not a personal calling waiting to be revealed in a flash of inspiration.

A sense of purpose exists in all of us and can be found in any job. Aaron describes a sense of purpose as a choice. More dependent upon your attitude towards work than the work you do.

A sense of purpose is something we get when working with others on something that is bigger than ourselves. It is about relationships and personal growth. About learning new things and experiencing a sense of progress.

This notion of a sense of purpose is exciting. It describes something organisation can influence. Purposeful organisations and leaders understand this. They help employees understand that a sense of purpose can be found everywhere.

This article was first seen on Grass Roots Australia blog

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