The fundamental requirement to meet their basic human needs is still the main reason why most people work around the planet where, to them, the myth of Sisyphus is a daily reality.
This is certainly not the case, however, with a powerful segment of the workforce. Namely, the millennials in the developed economies.
Millennials embody the hope for a better world because they know better and they are in a better position to exercise that knowledge. To them, finding purpose out of work comes naturally, or “instinctively,” as Mark Zuckerberg put it (16:10) in his commencement address at Harvard.
Fortunately, Millennials can afford this “luxury.” Although they may not view it as a “luxury” but as a natural and given precondition. To those trapped in the myth of Sisyphus is certainly a great luxury.
Millennials are setting new standards, the new “Social Contract” based not on satisfying basic human needs — which they consider a human right — but by creating a sense of higher purpose not only for themselves but for everyone!
So, what these workers want is having a feeling that they are a part of something bigger than themselves, it’s not just a job but an opportunity to make an impact, starting locally, but with global proportions.
These workers want a transparent and level work field where there is not even the feeling of a hidden agenda. Where everyone feels the optimal level of decision-making power, work variety and opportunity to learn.
Today’s workers want a workplace where everyone has mutual support and respect and enjoys doing meaningful work towards a brighter future within the organization. Where everyone feels intrinsically a higher purpose and is fully and truly committed to that commonly shared higher purpose.
Knowing what today’s workers really want is obviously important. But even more important is to actually create an organizational environment conducive to this type of behavior i.e., ideal-seeking behavior, as opposed to the common and pervasive goal-seeking behavior.
Here comes the trillion dollar question: How to create this behavior-enhancing organizational environment?
The answer has been carefully crafted and designed since the 1960s until the 2000s by Fred and Merrelyn Emery and given freely to the world. It’s called The Search Conference and Participative Design Workshop.
It is an extremely powerful process that can be customized under most circumstances and can take place in as little as a single day!
Here’s To A Workforce With A Higher Purpose In Your Organization!
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, stocks trader, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.
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