What gets you up in the morning? It’s not just the alarm clock or the baby crying or the dog whining. It’s also the anticipation of the day ahead. How will you spend your day today? Will you go to work and go through the motions, or will you solve exciting problems in a role that fits your skills and interests? Since the majority of employees are not engaged in their jobs, it’s safe to say that the reason they get up in the morning probably isn’t purpose at work. An engaging workplace is good for employers and employees alike, so what does it take to build one?
1. Our work aligns with our skills and interests
In middle school, I was taller than everyone in my class. The first question people seemed to ask me was, “do you play basketball?” I tried to want to play basketball, but it was not for me. I was clumsy, I couldn’t dribble, and, most importantly, I didn’t connect my efforts with a successful outcome for my team. Being tall didn’t magically give me motivation.
Having a talent for something doesn’t mean we have passion for it. At Prominence, we recognize the value of doing work every day that you want to do, not just that you can do. Setting the passion bar high means we sometimes have to make tough decisions, but it also means we have fewer long-term problems like voluntary turnover, or having our terrific staff feel under-valued. It also means we have a responsibility, to ourselves and to each other, to be honest about what we want to work on, so we can continue to fuel our motivation.
2. Our work makes a meaningful impact for our clients
When I started at Prominence, it was because of the exciting and important work we do. We all have a passion for the healthcare industry and for the direction healthcare organizations are driven toward in today’s political and technological environment. Our extremely versatile staff fill critical roles within our clients’ IT teams. Our developers bring relevant, timely information about complex topics like readmission rates and sepsis management to the fingertips of healthcare leaders. Our process-oriented, experienced project managers not only look to the root of a problem, such as the role of data governance in the availability of quality metric information, they figure out the infrastructure necessary to lay the right groundwork to address the problems before they worsen. We make a difference to healthcare organizations who make a difference to individual patients, every day.
3. Our work makes a meaningful impact on our peers
Because of the challenging, varied, and cutting-edge work we do, we rely on each other, regardless of role, to contribute our unique experiences to improve the end results across the company. We’re driven to innovation, and we’re excited to collectively put our minds to addressing challenges across the spectrum of our healthcare clients. Our collaborative nature and supportive environment gives us the space to tackle the challenge that isn’t yet well-understood in the industry. And, in working together, we reinforce the expectation that our company purpose is the culmination of the individual purpose we all bring to the table.
In our next post, we’ll dig in to what “balance” really means and look more closely at balance in our workplace culture.