Oftentimes, employees are given individual goals that might make sense in isolation but do not make sense in the broader context of the business. These non-sensical goals are frequently the result of an unclear picture of what success “looks” like.
Employees, and especially the millennial knowledge worker, needs to know why the work they are doing is important. Deadlines and assignments given without rationale or relation to a bigger goal or “picture” is a sure method for creating disengaged employees. Simply explaining how goals “A,” “B,” “and “C” fit into the company, department, or project goals is usually all that is needed. Mindful people do not like mindless goals and tasks, and will tolerate them only as long as they need to.
A jigsaw puzzle is the perfect analogy for this. Compare these two options for assembling a 500 piece puzzle:
- without the photo or edge pieces
- with photo and edge pieces already assembled
- Which option is more time-consuming and frustrating?
- Other than being easier to accomplish, why is the other option more enjoyable?
Copyright 2016 Doug Ringer
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