We get slammed with email messages in our office every day. Job-seekers want to know about Pain Letters and Human-Voiced Resumes.
Leaders want to know how to unlock the immense power that is trapped under layers of sludge in their organizations.
People come to work wanting to care. It’s more interesting to work on things you care about than things you don’t.
We make it hard for people to care about their work. We punish them for caring.
When people try to grow their flames at work, stepping ever-so-slightly outside the lines to get creative or putting their stamp on a process or a project or a customer relationship, the words “Just do it the usual way” spring too quickly to our lips.
At work, we love uniformity and hate variation. That’s a huge problem, because people aren’t machines.
They don’t get excited about routine, and who can blame them? Hitting a new number pasted on a chart on the wall is not exciting to them.
You can’t force yourself to care. You can drag yourself to work every day but you’ll never do your best, think your best, or tap into your most creative self when you’re mojo-depleted and bored. It’s in everybody’s best interest to make every job as interesting and fulfilling as it can be.
What makes a workplace a Human Workplace is the energy in the room, or the energy flying through the phone lines or moving around however workmates communicate and build community in your shop.
Good energy, called Team Mojo, is the fuel that powers your organization. You can cultivate and reinforce it, and you must if you want to accomplish anything worth shooting for.
This article was originally posted at www.forbes.com