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Building Emotional Competencies In Our Leadership

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What we work on matters.

Two years ago, I collaborated on a study with Phillips North America where we looked at workplace engagement and employee attitudes about work. One of the more interesting findings that came out of that study was how over half of the respondents said they’d be willing to take a pay cut so they could do meaningful work.

When asked what differences doing meaningful work would have on their performance, over 90% of the study’s participants said it would motivate them to work harder, that they would care more about their work, that it would reduce their stress levels, and it would make them feel more successful.

What these findings demonstrate is just how important it is for us to understand what matters to our employees so we can create opportunities for them to contribute in a meaningful fashion to our organization. It also reinforces the fact that to be successful in our collective efforts, we have to care about what matters to those we lead.

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