Passion For Work Is More Important Than Engagement
6 Keys To Having It All: Outstanding Results And Engaged Team
Passion For Work
Is More Important Than Engagement
There is a really big problem in today’s workforce. Almost no one is passionate about what they do. In 2014, Deloitte released a comprehensive report that found 88% of employees don’t have passion for their work, and so they don’t contribute their full potential.
Even worse, they found that 80% of senior managers aren’t passionate about their work. We all know the value of leadership, and how engagement starts at the top, so think about how broken most cultures are. How can we expect employees to give 100% of their effort and go above and beyond when most of the leadership team isn’t passionate?
The report is a really good read, but it’s quite long, so I’ll summarize it for you, and break down the most important points.
What Is A Passionate Worker?
Before we look at why employees aren’t passionate and how you can help them build that passion, it’s important to understand what a “passionate” worker is. Deloitte’s report explains it very well.
“Passionate workers are committed to continually achieving higher levels of performance. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, companies need passionate workers because such workers can drive extreme and sustained performance improvement—more than the one-time performance “bump” that follows a bonus or the implementation of a worker engagement initiative. These workers have both personal resilience and an orientation toward learning and improvement that helps organizations develop the resilience needed to withstand and grow stronger from continuous market challenges and disruptions.”
This is such a powerful explanation, let’s break it down further. So many companies make the mistake of trying to incentivize work with a quick bonus or perk, but you’ll only get short term results. The secret to long term, consistent success for business is to have passionate workers that are consistently working towards big goals and thinking big. When you’re trying to reach new heights for your team, you need everyone to be able to handle stress well and have a growth mindset where you’re always learning and growing.
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