What Brings You Joy in Your Workplace?

Sixteen Motivators

Joyful woman with her team welcome you to her workplace with joy
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What brings you great joy in the workplace? I know what brings me joy. Perhaps we share meaning about joyful events and circumstances in the workplace? I trust that in sharing mine, I remind you of yours.

It's easy to get so bogged down in the day-to-day busy that we forget to cherish the best moments, those moments that provide the motivation necessary for continued contribution. Take a few moments to savor what makes work enjoyable, challenging, exciting, and worth your time.

What motivates the motivators? Here are mine. I feel joyful when:

  • I watch people grow and develop in their decision making and performance competence through coaching, classes, and on the job experience.
  • Managers, clients and the CEO seek advice and counsel and trust my wisdom and experience to provide confident direction and recommendations for improvement for their company, department, or workplace.
  • I hear another person's peal of laughter; I know we have staff members who feel joy at work, too, I see coworkers smiling at each other and talking enthusiastically in the hallways.
  • I watch our staff greet every stranger with pleasure; temps, interns, and guests tell me that they feel welcomed in our organization.
  • A selected job candidate accepts our offer with little negotiation and obvious joy; the candidates not selected cry and send followup notes for months.
  • We find four or five candidates we'd love to hire, who respond to our posting of an open position, Or, they contact us directly because they want to work in the culture that we share on our recruiting website. Or, they've heard about us from friends and social networking, running into our staff at trade shows or conferences.
  • The team pulls together and sets sales records for the month.
  • People ask intelligent questions at the company meetings and are genuinely interested in the responses. They read our distributions and watch meetings that they miss.
  • I walk through the company and people greet me with a smile at every turn; only a few have questions or complaints to share. Most appreciate the attention.
  • I accomplish a task or project that will actually result in progress for the company. Making a difference is a big deal. Hearing an employee quote something I taught him almost nine years ago sends chills down my spine.
  • I counsel staff members about returning to school or pursuing training and degrees. And, with our tuition assistance help, they actually do it.
  • I watch a staff member perform with confidence in a situation that would have stumped her in earlier days. Their growth amazes me.
  • People form friendships that assist the organization and add to their work motivation. They introduce their families and further cement the bonds.
  • A staff member leaves our organization for a genuinely better opportunity that we cannot currently or foreseeably provide.
  • We accomplish our business goals on time and capably.
  • I am privileged to work with other people who appear to experience great joy at work, too.

Motivation and joy are all around you if you take the time to get in touch with the events and circumstances that bring you joy.

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