It is important you feel connected at work, for your own sake.
When you are connected to your work, you’ve got your pedal to the metal as you do your work. You are really flying! Your confidence in your ability to do your work is great. You are motivated and enjoying your work. You find it meaningful.
When you are really flying, you are connected to your work, to your customers, to your colleagues, and to your business / organisation.
Brene Brown, Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, specializes in social connection.
‘A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.’
How do you connect with your work?
Connecting with your actual work (not just the people there) involves finding meaning in it. You can do this by asking yourself ‘Meta-Question’. I usually start at the bottom of the page and use small arrows to go up the ‘levels’. You might like to write the word ‘WORK’ at the bottom of the page.
Try asking yourself the following questions:
· What do I believe about work?
· What does work mean to me?
· What is important to me about work?
When you answer these types of questions, you then apply the same questions to your last answer (it’s important to ask the question about your last answer, not WORK). So you should be heading up the back. Keep asking (think of it as going up the layers of answers) until you hit your very top. You will know when you are at your highest answer because two things generally happen.
1. You start to repeat yourself, or start to circle around.
2. You are saying things like, ‘Everything!’ ‘The world’, ‘Why I was put here on earth’.
When either of the above two things happen, you can step back and identify your highest meaning, the real reason you get up out of bed and come to work. Knowing your highest meaning helps you connect to your work and keeps you motivated. When you find work difficult or challenging, go back to your highest meaning for a way to meaningfully connect with it.