Ideas and Inspiration: Making progress makes you the happiest at work
At GENYOUth we’re always thinking about how to strike a balance between being an innovative organization that comes up with creative ideas to support our partners, students and schools, and focusing our efforts to ensure that we have the time and the energy to execute on the ideas and initiatives on our plates. It’s not an easy task, and we’re always pushing ourselves in pursuit of very lofty, but worthy goals.
We were very interested to find out though that while it’s good to swing for the fences, most people are the happiest and most fulfilled at work when they make progress (great or small) everyday. We learned about this from an article in this month’s issue of Inc. Magazine which lists the “rules” of many successful people in business who were asked one very big question: “What’s the most important thing you’ve learned.”
Harvard Business School professor, Teresa Amabile took a survey of 238 professionals to try and understand what makes people happy at work. The concept of making progress, even just a little bit each day, trumped recognition and rewards for most of them.
This motivates us to keep at it and remember that each day we’re working to accomplish the lofty goals we set, is an important one. Even if we don’t do something meriting a press release, we’re still making progress. So putting this post up, or meeting with someone we could learn something from all matters. It’s funny how when something changes it’s hard to remember what things were like before. And perhaps even harder to remember all the time spent and work that went into making that change happen. Rome wasn’t built in a day. We have a lot of work to do everyday and sometimes it can feel like we never get to put our heads up. But we know that we’re making progress. And as it turns out, that feels pretty good.