By Darryl Stewart, Head of the Herd
We all yearn for a higher purpose in our lives. We have all either done it ourselves or heard stories of others turning down offers of higher pay to join or remain with organizations that they believe would provide more meaningful work, with a more meaningful team.
How many of us have heard stories of friends or co-workers leaving tight-knit focused teams for the higher pay or benefits of government, big business or utilities, only to wish they had stayed put? Or even more common, how many of us know people in good paying jobs like these who are literally counting the days until they retire?
The research is overwhelming that beyond a certain threshold of earnings, a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging are far more important to people than anything else. Whether you are the leader of a larger organization or a small team, bringing to life a purpose or mission that makes people feel their job is important is your ace in the hole against the draw of the soul crushing jobs that we all know are out there constantly tempting the best members of our teams with fancy benefits.