Adapted from Align: 4 Simple Steps for Leaders to Create Employee Fulfillment
When employees take on tasks they want to do instead of tasks they are only willing to do, they find fulfillment, which is best for everyone. Creating value is not instilling value in your people. The truth is, everyone shows up every day with intrinsic value. Recognize it. Celebrate it. Leverage it. When you do, people begin to feel comfortable sharing their interests and passions. They’ll begin to tell you what they want to work on and how they can improve on how it’s being done right now, whatever it is.
The trap most of us fall into is we begin to build an organization and suddenly the demands outpace the resources. It’s easy to panic in those moments. Panic leads to terrible decisions. Organizations with healthy cultures are better equipped to handle the inevitable ups and downs that every workplace experiences. Panic will cause us to just put somebody in a role because we need somebody and somebody is better than nobody.
But what does this mean for somebody who took the role who may have no interest or passion for doing it? And, you as a leader cannot know this is going on unless you really know your people and understand them. Then, it’s easy to see the problem you’ve created and fix it.
Focus on your people’s soft skills. Soft skills enhance hard skills and they are the jet fuel for getting even the most difficult tasks done. The individual who may have the hard skill will do the task, but their motivation is different. They’re trying to complete a task. People who have the soft skills for the role will do the task to the best of their ability to satisfy something within themselves. Which one of those two would you prefer placing in the role?
Remember that you ‘hire’ hard skills but you ‘recruit’ soft skills. Effective recruiting requires a large referral network. Leverage anyone in your sphere of influence-personal or professional- who understands the culture you are trying to cultivate.
By now, you are seeing the momentum that comes with taking the time to create culture, priorities and value. Your people are on board and heading toward a destination they had a hand in choosing and using all of their unique and significant gifts and talents to get you there as an organization.
It doesn’t get better than this!